Areva-Siemens to cut staff at Olkiluoto 3 site -TVO

HELSINKI, Dec 10 (Reuters) - French-German consortium Areva-Siemens plans to reduce workers and subcontractors on the construction site of Finland’s much-delayed Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor, utility Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) said.

TVO, which has been locked in a legal battle with Areva-Siemens over the delays, said it expects the contractor to provide details about the expected impact on the project’s schedule.

Finland’s fifth nuclear reactor was originally scheduled to start operating in 2009, but it has been hit by repeated delays and soaring costs, and now is seen delayed until 2016.

No one at Areva was immediately available for a comment. (Reporting By Jussi Rosendahl; Editing by Ritsuko Ando)