Fennovoima halts dredging work at the coast of Hanhikivi Headland

An oil spill occurred on Thursday morning 6th of October at the coast of Hanhikivi Headland. Terramare Ltd has been conducting hydraulic construction work during which the bottom of the barge hit the ocean floor causing the oil spill. Emergency response center was informed of the accident at 7.47 in the morning.

Approximately 300 liters of oil leaked to the sea, which formed about 200 meters long and 150 meters wide oil slick. Rescue Department located the oil slick quickly and began the oil spill response work.

Currently Rescue Service has four vessels at the location that continue the oil spill response work. Terramara’s barge was given permission to leave and the barge is on its’ way to the harbor of Raahe for inspection and repair. The oil spill at the coast of Hanhikivi headland is under control.

The Coast Guard Centre of The Finnish Border Guard is in charge of the situation and the response work.

Fennovoima has decided to halt the dredging work for now. “An oil spill at the sea area is always a serious matter. Such environmental damage shouldn’t be a part of any construction work and is in no way acceptable”, states Fennovoima’s Project Director Minna Forsström.

“We expect Terramare to provide a report of the accident and new guidance for their work procedures at Hanhikivi headland. We will evaluate the report and guidance together with the plant supplier RAOS Project and main contractor Titan-2. Only if these materials meet our requirements the dredging work can continue,” Forsström stresses.  

Titan-2 and Terramare signed the hydraulic construction work contract in July 2016.

For more information:
Fennovoima’s Regional Communications Manager Heli Haikola, tel. +358 20 757 922