Eight buses are waiting for visitors for the Hanhikivi 1 construction site tour. The guides listen to last-minute instructions before starting the non-stop tours. In the restaurant tent, steaming casseroles, containers of juice and water, and vats of hot coffee are being hoisted onto the tables.
The first people interested in the construction site arrive at the area well before the start of the event, and the parking lot of Fennovoima’s training building starts to fill up with cars.
“It was nice to get inside the gates. I was surprised at how much has happened here.”
It doesn’t take long for a line to form in front of the joint presentation tent of the operators at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site and the municipality of Pyhäjoki. People fill their environmentally friendly bags, courtesy of Fennovoima and furnished with the text Haluan olla osa ratkaisua (“I want to be part of the solution”), with caps, seat cushions, advertisement pens, and reflectors. Nearby, Matti Soronen, the mayor of Pyhäjoki, talks with the visitors.
Slightly farther away, an instructor from the Oulujoki River Valley Rescue Dog Association has a golden retriever on a leash and personnel of the Jokilaakso Rescue Department teach interested people how to extinguish a fire. You can hear the enthusiastic screams of children from inside a fire truck: the smallest members of the audience have been given the opportunity to climb aboard the truck and see the large number of indicators.
A white-tailed eagle majestically glides above all of this. It gives no heed to the aviation ban above the Hanhikivi peninsula.
People are interested in what's inside the gates
Markku Jauhianen from Merijärvi, who participates in the open house event for the first time, looks around in the restaurant tent and praises the atmosphere. He did not just come to see how the construction site is coming along, but also to see acquaintances and talk with them. Jauhianen is keen on attending the site tour, because the event is only arranged once a year.
“I want to see what they have been up to.”
“This is a unique event.”
People are pouring out from the bus that started the tour first. The Juolas from Kalajoki are impressed by the construction site and happy that it is a sunny day to boot. They say that they had a great day, but would have liked to see the harbor basin and the dredging in more detail.
“This is a large-scale project,” says Tarja Juola, who has been at such an open house event before.
Ari Juola also attended the first site tour three years ago. At that time, the buses drove along the recently completed Hanhikiventie. Now, there is plenty to see in the accommodation village along Hanhikiventie and the base area of the plant supplier RAOS Project. The weather mast was not there the last time, either.
“The development has been fast,” Ari Juola says.
Mihail Tchitcherin, PR manager of the project’s main contractor Titan-2, is pleased that people decided to attend the event in such large numbers.
“Like a big village party,” Tchitcherin says and praises the fluent services.
The entire Kokko family from Raahe has come to the event. Little Kira grips the string of a pink Fennovoima balloon tightly in her hand. Her older brother Jimi has chosen a green balloon.
“It was nice to get inside the gates. I was surprised at how much has happened here,” says the mother, Suvi Kokko.
“Large and interesting,” comments the father Antti Kokko.
The bus ride in itself was a great experience for the smallest members of the family, but Jimi, in particular, likes the large machines.
“We are going to see some more machines,” says Jimi’s father, gesturing to an E. Helaakoski crane towering above the area.
In the restaurant tent, Niina Yrjänä from the ten-person voluntary team of the local ice hockey team Pyhäjoen Joki-Kiekko is working hard to support her child’s hobby. She has become familiar with voluntary work roasting sausages or working as an official through the hobby of her son Mikael, but she considers the open house event to be an especially nice place to do voluntary work, because there is good atmosphere and a lot of people. Plenty of discussions and meetings take place in the event area.