* Olkiluoto start-up originally planned for 2009
* TVO, Areva-Siemens blame each other for repeated delays
(Adds background on reactor)
HELSINKI Dec 21 Finland's Olkiluoto 3
nuclear reactor will not be ready for electricity production
until August 2014, utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) said on
Wednesday, confirming the latest delay for the controversial
The 1,600 megawatt Olkiluoto 3 plant, Finland's fifth
nuclear reactor, was originally scheduled to start operations in
2009 but has been hit by repeated delays.
TVO warned in October that construction delays may push back
operations to 2014, blaming its supplier consortium Areva
TVO and Areva Siemens blame each other for the delays and
higher-than-planned costs. They have taken their dispute over
payments to the International Chamber of Commerce.
The reactor is the first of its kind, with a double
containment building, a compartment isolating the molten core,
six back-up diesel generators and four back-up cooling systems
which Areva says would have withstood the earthquake and tsunami
that struck Japan's Fukushima plant in March.
TVO and Finnish nuclear consortium Fennovoima are planning
to build Finland's sixth and the seventh reactors in the next
decade and are expected to choose new contractors in the coming
(Reporting by Ritsuko Ando and Terhi Kinnunen; Editing by Helen