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Sun, 19 Jul, 2015 01:49:34 AM
Planned Finnovoima nuke power project
FTimes-STT Report, July 19

Parliamentary group leaders of the ruling parties still believe that the planned Fennovoima nuclear power plant project could be implemented.

But leaders of the opposition parties are for scrapping the project right now.

MattiVanhanen, the parliamentary group chair of SuomenKeskusta (Centre party), SampoTerho of Perussuomalaiset (Finns Party) and ArtoSatonen of KansallinenKokoomus (National Coalition Party) are hoping that the Fennovoima nuclear power plant project can yet be realised. 

“Finland needs competitive and domestic class energy,”Terho said on Saturday. 

Vanhanen, Terho and Satonen have not yet known how to evaluate the project or the likelihood of its realisation.

“Considering how difficult it has been to find owners, the prognosis, at the moment, is not very good,”Vanhanen said on Saturday evening. 

However, KeskustaFirst Vice-President ElsiKatainen said earlier in the day that the project was pretty certain to be realised.

“I have a hunch that Fortum will still come on board,” Katainen said.

Representatives of the three-party alliance government consider that 60 per cent of the domestic claim would not be flexible. 

Fennovoima has until the 6th August to make an application for domestic ownership. It had previously been at the end of June, when Fennovoima submitted its building permit application.

“When it is a question of at least a sixty-year project, the flexibility of a few weeks in schedule is no great request,”Vanhanen said. 

Leaders of the parliamentary groups of the oppositionsVihreäLiito (Green League), Vasemmistoliito (Left Alliance), SuomenKristillisdemokraatit (Christian Democrats of Finland) and SuomenRuotsalainenKansanpuolue (Swedish People’s Party of Finland) said the Fennovoima nuclear power project should have been buried by now.

Talking to news agency STT, the opposition parties’ parliamentary group heads said the last straw was when the Ministry of Employment and the Economy (TEM) studies could not ensure that a small Croatian company,MigritSolarna Energies, could even meet the domestic requirements.

The Croatian company is required to have jurisdiction within either EU or ETA countries.

“The situation has become very strange. I would describe this as a farce,”said chair of the Left Alliance parliamentary group Aino-KaisaPekonen.

“It should now be admitted that credible owners for the project cannot be found, even with strenuous searching,”said the Green’s parliamentary group spokesperson OutiAlanko-Kahiluoto.

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