Finnish commitment and competence in nuclear energy
Finland is committed to nuclear energy, especially light water
reactor technology, and this situation will remain unchanged for
decades to come.
Strong national competence has been built and
maintained in areas such as safety and economic utilisation of
nuclear energy. Finnish achievements in terms of plant
performance and power upgrades are recognised worldwide.
Like-wise, Finnish work on reactor safety has been highly
innovative and groundbreaking, both in terms of ambitious, but
realizable, safety requirements and regulatory practices, and
national research & development efforts at state-of-the-art
level or even beyond.
This is particularly true for critical areas such as reactor
dynamics, accident analyses, innovative experimental research on
safety systems, severe accidents and external threats (airplane
crash). Thorough knowledge in performance analysis of structural
materials has made the life extension of the Finnish nuclear
power plants possible. In the field of light water reactors,
Finland has through decades exerted significant international
influence on the development of especially reactor safety.