Fennovoima nuclear power station works get under way


By Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland

The construction of the Fennovoima nuclear power, Hanhikivi 1, is getting under way at Hanhikivi 1 site at Pyhäjoki, Finland. This major step forward aligns with the first representatives of Finnish labor unions beginning their work at the Hanhikivi 1 site. Mr Jouni Karekivi, from the city of Oulu, has been appointed as the common shop steward of the Hanhikivi site. Mr Mikko Lehtelä, from city of Raahe, has been appointed as the general health and safety representative of the Hanhikivi site. Both appointees have extensive experience in relevant business areas: Mr Karekivi in construction and Me Lehtelä in ground works and steel industry.

Mr Karekivi and Mr Lehtelä commented “It’s great to be involved in such a unique project and to have the opportunity to help make sure that employment issues at a big, international construction site are handled in compliance with Finnish labor laws already at the early stages of the project.”


An illustration of completed Hanhikivi 1 site (photo courtesy Fennovoima)

The common shop steward and the general health and safety representative are part of the site agreement, which Fennovoima, the plant supplier RAOS Project Oy, and Finnish labor market organizations signed in the spring of 2014.


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About the Author

pmwj36-Jul2015-Vaskimo-PHOTOJouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland




Jouko Vaskimo works as Development Manager at Aalto PRO, the Professional Development unit of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. He is also an International Correspondent and Editorial Advisor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992. Since then he has held project management related assignments with increasing levels for responsibility at Sinebrychoff Ltd, the oldest brewery in Scandinavia; Kemira Engineering Ltd, the leading chemicals manufacturer Finland; DNA Finland Ltd, a large Finnish mobile phone operator; Nokia Business Infrastructure; and Ixonos PLC, one of the leading Finnish ICT consultancies. Jouko holds the IPMA Level C (Project Manager) and Level B (Senior Project Manager) certificates and is the chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. He is a member of the Project Management Association Finland Board of Directors and a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter. He received the PMP certificate in 2003. Since October 2007, Jouko has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/PC 236 and ISO/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo“at”aalto.fi .

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