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.
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.