Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant, Euraåminne, Finland


In the year 2002, the Finnish Government granted Finnish energy company Teollisuuden Voima, or TVO, permission to build a third nuclear reactor in the nuclear power plant Olkiluoto in the municipality of Euraåminne in Finland. The reactor, which is called Olkiluoto 3, is a European pressurized water reactor (EPR) the first of its kind, and will have a capacity of 1,600 MWe.

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Basic Data
NameOlkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant, Euraåminne, Finland
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Nuclear
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Nuclear power plants
Specific CommoditiesElectricity
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe capacity of the Olkiluoto 3 reactor is 1,600 MWe.

Level of Investment (in USD)11,700,000,000
Type of PopulationUnknown
Start Date10/2003
Company Names or State EnterprisesTeollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) from Finland - owned by a consortium of power companies, e.g. Fortum and Pohjolan Voima
Fortum from Finland
Pohjolan Voima from Finland
Relevant government actorsSTUK, Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Advisory Committee on Nuclear Safety
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersGreenpeace, http://www.greenpeace.org/finland/en/, Olkiluoto Blockade, http://olkiluotoblockade2012.wordpress.com/english/, The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC), http://www.sll.fi/site-actions/english, Finnish Society for Nature and Environment (FSNE), http://naturochmiljo.fi/malgrupper/english/, Friends of the Earth Finland, http://www.maanystavat.fi/?lang=en
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingInternational ejos
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
OtherThe complex uncertain and potential risks of nuclear power plants.
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Project StatusUnder construction
Development of AlternativesThere should be more focus towards renewable energy sources.
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Although the project is not yet finished, it is clear that despite massive critique the project will be finalized and operated as planned. The company has also been granted permission to build yet another reactor at the same power plant (Olkiluoto 4) which even further shows that the voices of the protesters are ignored by the government and the involved actors.
Sources and Materials

(3) Olkiluotoblockade 2012
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(1) Nuclear Power in Finland, World Nuclear Association
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(2) Olkiluoto Blockade Camp 6 - 13 August 2012, No Nuclear
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(4) Aktivistit vaativat Olkiluodossa loppua ydinjätteen tuottamiselle ja ydinvoiman lisärakentamiselle
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(5) Olkiluoto 3 & 4, Ydinvoima
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(6) Greenpeace activists demonstrate at Olkiluoto nuclear power plant
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(7) 3000 demonstrators call on Finnish MPs to turn down nuclear applications

Media Links

Demonstration 2010
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Blockade 2012
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Demonstration 2010
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ContributorLinda Dubec
Last update08/04/2014