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* Reactor originally scheduled to start in 2009
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HELSINKI, Feb 11 Commercial production at
Finnish nuclear reactor Olkiluoto 3 is likely to be delayed
until 2016, utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) warned on Monday,
the latest setback in plans for the country's fifth such plant.
TVO said there had been delays in planning the plant's
automation system and that it had not yet received proper
schedule updates from consortium Areva-Siemens
, which is building the reactor.
"We have come to that conclusion that there is no chance
that in a year from now we would be test running the plant," TVO
spokeswoman Anna Lehtiranta said.
She said basic procedures in planning the automation system,
such as submitting the layout outline to the Finnish nuclear
safety authority, had not yet been carried out.
The reactor was originally scheduled to start operations in
2009, but has been hit by repeated delays and soaring costs.
Areva's last estimate was for the reactor to be ready by 2014,
but TVO said last July that such a time frame was impossible.
Areva said it would comment later.
The International Chamber of Commerce's arbitration court is
processing a dispute on cost overruns between the consortium and
TVO's biggest owners are forest group UPM-Kymmene
and utility Fortum.
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(Reporting by Terhi Kinnunen; Editing by Catherine Evans)