Finland had to operate two emergency power plants this morning to avoid power shortages. This was reported by the high voltage network operator Fingrid. The company had already warned at the end of last month of power outages this winter due to the current energy crisis. A few months ago, Russia stopped supplying electricity to neighboring Finland.
Fingrid began commissioning two of its fuel oil backup power plants. These are facilities in Huutokoski, in the southeast of the country, and in the southwest of Forssa. It said in a press release that the power stations operate for three hours. For example, 200 megawatts of power has been added to the grid. This ensures the necessary balance between production and consumption on the power grid.
On average, power plants are needed once or twice a year, but mostly because of an unexpected loss in energy production rather than because of the risk of energy scarcity, the spokesperson adds. “Production this morning was insufficient to cover consumption.” We have reached the technical limit of energy imports from Sweden and the energy production from wind energy is very weak. “
New nuclear reactor
Vingrid has about 600 megawatts of reserve this winter, in addition to 12,300 megawatts of rated capacity.
The country hopes to be able to recall the new Olkiluoto-3 nuclear reactor this winter. It was launched at the end of December last year and is currently in the testing phase. According to operator TVO, the plant could be operating at full capacity of 1,600 megawatts in early October.”
When Finland announced its candidacy for NATO membership in May, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russia cut off its electricity supply. Moscow noted payment problems. With 900 megawatts of power, Russian energy imports accounted for about ten percent of Finnish energy consumption. Sweden can supply the neighboring country with up to 2,400 megawatts, but the Swedes also suffer from scarcity problems and regularly have to run emergency power plants on fuel oil.
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