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Re: [OS] FINLAND - Finland May Double Atomic Power to Cut Russia Imports

Released on 2012-08-01 03:00 GMT

Email-ID 1138152
Date 2010-04-15 13:40:33
The Finns import 100 percent of the natural gas from Russia. They are also
relatively flat, so while they do have a lot of water and rivers they
usually don't run in a way that would be conducive to large hydropower
dams. This means that they only get 18 percent of power from hydro.

This is also one of the best examples of how say an anti-nuclear power NGO
would serve Russian interests. Were Finland to build 3 more nuclear
reactors, it would no longer be dependent on Russia for electricity.

----- Original Message -----
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Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2010 5:59:11 AM GMT -06:00 US/Canada Central
Subject: [OS] FINLAND - Finland May Double Atomic Power to Cut Russia

Finland May Double Atomic Power to Cut Russia Imports (Update1)
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By Kati Pohjanpalo and Diana ben-Aaron

April 15 (Bloomberg) -- Finland, the European Uniona**s biggest power
consumer per capita, may double nuclear energy production in the next 10
years to wean the Nordic nation off Russian electricity imports that
reached a record high in 2009.

Fortum Oyj, Finlanda**s largest utility, Teollisuuden Voima Oyj, and a
group led by E.ON AG want permission to build three reactors in addition
to the current four. The government plans to make a decision this month.

a**Ita**s first and foremost to be able to replace Russian electricity
imports,a** Finance Minister Jyrki Katainen said in an interview. a**We
should not be dependent on them and there is no sense in paying Russia for
electricity we could produce ourselves.a** He is chairman of the National
Coalition Party, the smaller government coalition member, which supports
granting permits to all applicants provided they meet all criteria.

Finlanda**s reliance on imports, which come mainly from Russia and supply
15 percent of all power, make the country vulnerable because of its
energy-intensive industries such as papermaking and winters where
temperatures in the north can remain below freezing for six months,
supporters of the building program say. Opponents say nuclear energy is
too dangerous and Finland should seek other options.

a**Ita**s worrying that three-quarters of Finlanda**s imported energy
comes from Russia, including 100 percent of natural gas,a** said Ilkka
Kananen, head of the National Emergency Supply Agency. a**Electricity
imports are a structural vulnerability and a risk to supply security.a**

Russia cut gas deliveries to Ukraine three times in five years in a
pricing dispute, the last row in January 2009, which lasted three weeks,
causing disrupted supplies and widespread shortages in eastern and Western

Minus 50

Electricity consumption in Finland is the highest in the EU and more than
double Germanya**s per capita use, in part because temperatures in winter
can drop to as low as minus 50 degrees Centigrade (minus 58 degrees
Fahrenheit). The nationa**s main option for increased energy independence
lies with nuclear power because it lacks the oil and gas supplies of
Russia and Norway.

a**We have to reach our security of supply goal even in peak load
situations,a** said Juha Naukkarinen, head of Finnish Energy Industries,
which represents power producers. a**All applicants should get the permit
and let them evaluate when to build.a**

In 2009, Finlanda**s nuclear reactors generated one-third of the
nationa**s 68.7 terawatt hours of electricity output, while hydropower
accounted for 18 percent, Statistics Finland data show. Finland consumed a
total of 80.8 million terawatt hours, with the difference made up by

At Least One

Russian electricity cost Finland 365 million euros ($497 million) last
year and accounted for three-quarters of all imported electricity, the
statistics office said.

Finance Minister Katainen is at odds with Prime Minister Matti
Vanhanena**s Centre party, which is pushing for a mixture of new nuclear
power and renewable energy. Economy Minister Mauri Pekkarinen, a Centre
Party member, has said the government is unlikely to issue three new

a**We can easily see from the debate what the outcome will be,a** said
Tapio Litmanen, a sociology professor at the University of Jyvaeskylae in
central Finland who has edited a book on the nuclear power industry. a**At
least one new license will be given.a**

Finland, which has four working reactors, was second behind the U.K. among
western nations to start building additional nuclear plants following the
Chernobyl meltdown in Ukraine in 1986.


Teollisuuden Voima, or TVO, one of the three applicants, is building the
countrya**s fifth reactor, the worlda**s largest, on the west coast with
Areva SA. The original target cost was 3 billion euros, though Areva has
set aside 2.3 billion euros for cost overruns, the company said on March

Environmental groups also point to construction delays at the TVO
Olkiluoto-3 reactor, set to open three years late in 2012, as an example
of the complexities and hazards associated with nuclear energy.

Nuclear power is a**unnecessary for Finland at this time,a** said Janne
Bjoerklund, the Finnish Association for Nature Conservationa**s nuclear
campaign coordinator. a**Even one new atomic reactor will make Finland a
nuclear power exporter.a**

After Finnish electricity consumption fell 7.4 percent last year, the
biggest drop since World War II as the recession trimmed output and the
forest industry shuttered capacity, critics say thata**s evidence new
reactors are not needed and the industrya**s consumption forecast is too

TVO and Fortum, which are partly government owned, have selected sites and
waste repository locations for their new plants. Fennovoima, 34 percent
owned by E.ON, has narrowed possible locations down to two in northern


E.ON, which runs power plants in Germany, the U.K. and Sweden, posted net
income of 5.33 billion euros last year, adjusted to exclude changes in the
value of fuel hedging. Shares of the Dusseldorf, Germany-based company
have declined 2.5 percent so far this year. E.ON gained 0.5 percent to
28.54 euros as of 11:13 a.m. in Frankfurt.

Finlanda**s four reactors have a capacity of about 2,700 megawatts.
Olkiluoto-3 will produce 1,600 megawatts. The proposed three new reactors
would add from 3,500 megawatts to 6,100 megawatts. The government predicts
electricity usage of about 100 terawatt hours in 2030, while the Finnish
energy industry forecasts it will grow faster.

New power sources are also needed to replace plants that come to the end
of their lifespan and are taken offline. Fortuma**s two Loviisa reactors
will be shuttered in 2027 and 2030. Of Finlanda**s current power plants,
only Olkiluoto-3 and some hydropower plants will be generating electricity
in 2050, Finnish Energy Industriesa** data shows.

To contact the reporters on this story: Kati Pohjanpalo in Helsinki at; Diana ben-Aaron in Helsinki at
Last Updated: April 15, 2010 05:26 EDT

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