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Hanhikivi 1: Towards a shared goal

Fennovoima’s international team comprises hundreds of experts. They all have the same goal: production of environmentally friendly, reliable, and steady electricity.

The door to the training building on the Hanhikivi peninsula is frequently opened, as Fennovoima employees are arriving at work. They smile and greet each other in the lobby, while the first guests of the day arrive: two buses full of participants of a project information event arranged by the town of Raahe have arrived. Jaana Kangas and Kati Mehtomaa, Fennovoima’s Communications Officers, board the buses to guide the participants during their tour of the Hanhikivi 1 construction site.

The line of three buses moves towards the security gate building. Mauri Välimäki from Raahe rollerblades along the sunny Hanhikiventie past the training building. Working as a Civil Structures Expert for Fennovoima, he rollerblades or cycles his 27-kilometer commute whenever the weather allows it and he has enough energy.

The training building, which was completed two years ago, is the calling card of the Hanhikivi peninsula. The larch cladding has already turned beautifully gray, and the yard area is green. In addition to the site access training, project presentations and meetings are arranged in the training building.

"Recruitment has been successful during the first part of the year."

You can sense the change around you, and no two days are the same: the Hanhikivi 1 project is proceeding and the construction site is changing with it. The gates of the security gate building open all the time, allowing employees and guests to the Fennovoima construction site.

Composition of the crowd inside the training building is constantly changing. Tommi Hietala, Security Coordinator, greets his new colleagues from Helsinki and shows them the facilities. The eight-person team is spending the day getting to know the municipality of Pyhäjoki and the plant area. The new Fennovoima employees are examining a scale model of the nuclear power plant when Olli-Pekka Pirilä, OHS Manager, tells them it’s time to head to their bus. They are going to tour the construction site, too.

Mauri Välimäki from Raahe works as a Civil Structures Expert for Fennovoima. Välimäki is already familiar with the nuclear industry: he previously worked in Areva’s Olkiluoto 3 and 4 projects. Välimäki is a passionate athlete: he plays squash, goes to the gym, and rollerblades or cycles his commute whenever the weather allows.

It seems like everybody is part of the same family – or at least they are working for a shared goal. At present, some 50 Fennovoima employees are working in Pyhäjoki. Eija Salo, HR Director, estimates that there will be a couple of dozen more of them by the beginning of next year.

“Recruitment has been successful during the first part of the year, which means that we will reach our goal of 400 employees this year. We are still searching for new experts, though,” Salo says.

Jaana Kangas from Pyhäjoki, a Fennovoima Communications Officer, works in the communications team in Pyhäjoki. Kangas, Master of Science in Environmental Technology and Engineering, originally hails from Oulu.
Jari Vähäkainu from Kalajoki (left) is Fennovoima’s Security Manager. He is responsible for safety at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site in the fields of permit administration, security guarding, and fire and rescue operations. Vähäkainu’s team consists of six people. Tommi Hietala, Security Coordinator, who lives in Ylivieska, is one of them.
Jouni Karekivi from Oulu is the Joint Shop Stewart at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site. He has been working for Fennovoima since 2016. Karekivi has extensive experience from positions of trust in the construction and steel industries, for example.
Tommi Hietala from Ylivieska is Fennovoima’s Security Coordinator. Here, he is presenting a scale model of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant to his colleagues, project coordinator Kiira Kalmi (left), configuration engineer Dmitry Skripnikov, and consultant Sini Idänheimo.
Tarmo Läspä from Kokkola, Fennovoima’s Fire Officer, has extensive experience in the field of rescue operations. He has previously worked for the Central Ostrobothnia rescue services, for example.
Riikka Laakso (right) from Pattijoki works at Fennovoima as IT System Specialist. She has a long experience in the field of IT and previously she has worked for example for the Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District. Kati Mehtomaa from Paavola works as a Communications Officer in the Pyhäjoki's communications team. Previously she has worked in a role developing adult education.
Olli-Pekka Pirilä from Oulu is the Occupational Safety Manager at Fennovoima. He oversees the occupational safety at the site. He has worked previously for example in the mining industry and holds a Master's Degree in Process Technology.

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