As Berlin shuts its nuclear reactors, Finland opens Europe’s largest one

Context; Recently Finland’s next-generation Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor, the largest in Europe, has gone into regular production after months of delays, and Germany ended its nuclear era.

About Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor

  • Olkiluoto 3, now producing around 14% of the country’s power.
  • It is expected to remain operational for “at least the next 60 years”.
  • The plant is owned and operated by Teollisuuden Voima (TVO), a subsidiary of Pohjolan Voima
  • It is located on Olkiluoto Island, on the shore of the Gulf of Bothnia
  • The Olkiluoto plant consists of two boiling water reactors (BWRs), each producing 890 MW of electricity and
  • One EPR producing 1,600 MW. This makes unit 3 currently the most powerful nuclear power plant unit in Europe and the third most powerful globally

Prelims Practice MCQ

Consider the following statements regarding recent events

1.      Germany has ended its nuclear energy production program

2.      Finland started Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

Which of the above statements given above is/are correct

(a)    1 only

(b)   2 only

(c)    1 and 2 both

(d)   Neither 1 nor 2

Ans. C

Source: The Hindu

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