Finland’s refusal to build a nuclear power plant (NPP) “Hanhikivi-1” with Russia is legally vulnerable, “Rosatom” has a great chance to return the money spent on it. This was announced on June 15 by Alexei Likhachev, CEO of the Russian corporation, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
“The design (refusal. – Ed.) Is absolutely vulnerable legally. The design does not withstand any criticism in terms of management decisions, economic feasibility, it is absolutely politicized, ”he said in an interview with RBC-TV.
Likhachev added that for this it is necessary to go through a legal path, but the holding has a successful experience in similar work.
“All the money that was spent in Finland will be billed,” said the head of Rosatom.
In addition, he said that as a result of negotiations, including at the SPIEF, new countries may appear that want to host nuclear power plants. Likhachev noted that not a single country, following Finland, has abandoned joint projects with the Russian Federation on peaceful nuclear power. According to him, Russia is the only country that is ready to build nuclear power plants on a turnkey basis, maintain them throughout their entire life cycle, supply fresh nuclear fuel and remove spent fuel, and much more.
Earlier, on May 24, the Finnish company Fennovoima withdrew its application for a license to build the Hanhikivi-1 NPP at the Pyhäjoki site. The company emphasized that they decided to focus on the preservation of this territory.
On May 2, Fennovoima announced the termination of the contract with the Finnish company RAOS Project, which is part of the state corporation Rosatom, for the construction of the Hanhikivi-1 nuclear power plant.
Then Rosatom said that they were disappointed with the decision of the management of the Finnish company. The state corporation added that the project was progressing, and work between the customer and the contractor had already been established.
On April 30, Financial Times columnists Andrew Jack and Stephen Maurice noted that Western companies are suffering big losses as a result of a “painful exit” from Russian projects. According to them, a number of enterprises have realized that there are not so many people on the market who want to buy their assets, and leaving the Russian Federation will cost them dearly.
Foreign companies began to leave the Russian market and terminate contracts with organizations from the Russian Federation due to a special operation to protect the inhabitants of Donbass, which Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on February 24. Moscow explained that its tasks included the demilitarization and denazification of Ukraine. The decision was made against the backdrop of aggravation in the region as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian military.