Finland Joins INPRO as Observer
May 12, 2014
The IAEA is welcoming Finland as an observer of the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO).
Mr Esa Härmälä, Director General of the Energy Department of the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy, had informed the IAEA of Finland’s intent to become a member of INPRO as an observer. Experts from Finland had already participated actively in INPRO meetings, in particular related to small modular reactors.
“I would like to express the IAEA’s appreciation for the interest in, and support of the INPRO expressed by the Finnish Government,” said Mr Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy. “We welcome Finland as an observer of INPRO”.
Finland operates the two-unit VVER Loviisa Nuclear Power Plant and the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant with two Boiling Water Reactors with 880 MWe each. A third unit, Olkiluoto-3, the first European Pressurized Reactor (EPR), is under construction.