Areva expects to load nuclear fuel at the Olkiluoto 3 Finnish nuclear power plant by the end of next year, despite a report of construction delays, said the firm’s CEO Luc Oursel.

Finnish utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) had stated earlier that delayed construction may further push back regular operations until 2014.

Oursel told reporters that he was “surprised by this premature statement”.

“We are at this moment working with them on the details of the schedule,” he said.

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