23 April 2002 – One of the two 850 MW nuclear reactors at Olkiluoto, on the west coast of Finland, was restarted Monday after being shut down due to power supply problems at the weekend, Finnish news agency FNB reported.

The unit, near the town of Rauma some 250 km (150 miles) north-west of Helsinki, is operated by TVO – which has made an application to the Finnish government to construct the country’s fifth reactor.

Officials said Saturday’s incident was insignificant, adding that it proved that the reactor’s security systems worked as intended.

Finland currently has two nuclear power plants with two reactors each, providing one-third of the country’s electricity.

Parliament is set to vote on building a fifth reactor in May after the government sanctioned a proposal on the matter earlier this year. Three government committees are presently considering aspects of the application. Last week the first of these committees came out against the application saying it would detract from Finland’s drive for renewable, clean energy.