May 2022 Finland Project Management Roundup



Updates about Association of Project Professionals Finland;
PMI Finland Chapter; Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant;
Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant; Helsinki’s Länsimetro extension;
Raide-Jokeri light rail project; Kruunusillat [Crown Bridges] projects

By Dr Jouko Vaskimo

International Correspondent & Senior Contributing Editor

Espoo, Finland



This roundup continues the coverage of Association of Project Professionals Finland, PMI Finland Chapter and some of the key projects currently going on in Finland.

Association of Project Professionals Finland

Association of Project Professionals Finland (APPF) is a not-for-profit organization, and the International Project Management Association (IPMA) Member Association (MA) in Finland. Founded in 1978, APPF promotes the interaction, project-oriented thinking, and exchange and development of practical and theoretical knowledge among project management professionals with over 4000 individual and 200 organizational members.

Mrs. Anna-Maria Mäkelä (pictured at left (photo courtesy www.pry.fi)) has been nominated the new APPF General Manager following Mr. Timo Saros, who is retiring. Mrs. Mäkelä can be contacted at anna-maria.makela@pry.fi .

APPF organizes two annual conferences: Projektipäivät in late fall and 3PMO in early summer. This year the 3PMO event will take place on 8.6.2022 in Tampere, Finland, under the theme Agility climbs to the bridge. Please navigate to www.pry.fi/en for general information on APPF, and to https://www.oppia.fi/events/3pmo2022 for information on the 2022 3PMO event.


PMI Finland Chapter is a not-for-profit organization providing project practitioners in Finland continuous learning, networking and community support. The Chapter was founded in 2005. Today, with more than 400 members, the chapter is increasingly recognized as a community where its members can enhance their project management and leadership skills, as well as network with other project management professionals.

PMI Finland Chapter hosts a number of events such as Breakfast Round Tables, regular meetings taking place once a month in Helsinki and occasionally also in other locations. The chapter members have the opportunity to attend events for free or with a discount and the chapter sends its members a regular newsletter with localized content on project management. Additionally, the Chapter supports its members in their professional development and training.

PMI Chapter Finland organizes an annual conference in the spring, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event was cancelled. Please navigate to www.pmifinland.org for general information on the PMI Finland Chapter and its annual events.


The 1 600 MW Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, originally contracted to be built by consortium comprising Areva and Siemens for Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) at Olkiluoto, Finland, has been completed, however, commercial power generation has been postponed yet again: The unit was scheduled to start commercial power generation in July 2022, and the new start date is now September 2022. The reason for the latest delay is the need to review and rectify issues with the generator cooling systems in the brand-new power plant. Electrical power generation commenced on 12.3.2022, and the unit is currently producing 103 MW into the Finnish national power grid. Over the next months, the power output will be increased gradually to the nominal 1600 MW.

With 1 600 MW electrical power generation capacity, Olkiluoto 3 is one of the most powerful nuclear power plants in existence. Once fully operational, Olkiluoto 3 is expected to produce roughly 14% of the electricity consumed in Finland.

The contract for building the Olkiluoto 3 power plant was signed in 2003 for 3 000 M€, and construction began in 2005, targeting completion in June 2009. Due to numerous challenges during the planning and construction phases, the target date was pushed forward several times.

At the project completion, after all litigation costs have been paid, and all delay penalties have been applied, the Olkiluoto 3 power plant has cost TVO a total of 5 700 M€. TVO has been understandably disappointed that the project is almost over 100 % over the original budget and 13 years behind the original time schedule.


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How to cite this report: Vaskimo, J. (2022). Finland Project Management Roundup, PM World Journal, Vol. XI, Issue V, May. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/pmwj117-May2022-Vaskimo-Finland-Project-Management-Roundup-report.pdf

About the Author

Dr Jouko Vaskimo

Espoo, Finland


Jouko Vaskimo is an International Correspondent and Senior Contributing Editor for PM World in Finland. Jouko graduated M.Sc. (Tech.) from Helsinki University of Technology in 1992, and D.Sc. (Tech.) from Aalto University in 2016. He has held several project management related positions with increasing levels for responsibility. Jouko holds a number of professional certificates in the field of project management, such as the IPMA Level C (Project Manager), IPMA Level B (Senior Project Manager), PMP, PRINCE2 Foundation, and PRINCE2 Practitioner. Jouko is also a Certified Scrum Master and SAFe Agilist. Jouko is a member of the Project Management Association Finland, a founding member of PMI Finland Chapter, and the immediate past chairman of the Finnish IPMA Certification Body operating IPMA certification in Finland. Since October 2007, he has been heading the Finnish delegation to ISO/TC 258. Jouko resides in Espoo, Finland and can be best contacted at jouko.vaskimo@aalto.fi . For more information please navigate to www.linkedin.com/in/jouko-vaskimo-6285b51 .

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