Caruna improves the reliability of electricity supply in the Finnish regions of Ostrobothnia, Southern Ostrobothnia, Northern Ostrobothnia, and Lapland
Caruna continues to strengthen the reliability and weather resistance of its electricity networks in rural areas. The plans for medium and low voltage network improvement projects in Karijoki, Kauhajoki, Kiiminki, Kristiinankaupunki, Kurikka, Kuusamo, Närpiö, Peräseinäjoki, Posio, Pudasjärvi, Ranua, Taivalkoski, Teuva, and Yli-Kiiminki are progressing well. The value of these renovations amounts to roughly MEUR 100 and Caruna employs directly approximately 1,000 people through these projects during the next three years.
Caruna signed a three-year framework agreement for the development and renovation of electricity distribution networks with Empower PN, Telog Oy, and Voimatel Oy. The improvement work takes place over three years as approximately a hundred different projects.
— These investments allow us to strengthen the reliability and continuity of supply quickly and to extend our weatherproof network to cover 30,000 more customers. We consider the improvement work enabled by the framework agreement an essential part of realising our commitment to achieve the targets set by the Electricity Market Act on the defined schedule. The agreement is a key element in our effort to continue to invest yearly over MEUR 200 into our networks within all electricity distribution areas we operate, to guarantee a more reliable and secure supply to our customers, explains Caruna's CEO Ari Koponen.
— Project plans will be completed during the spring and actual digging work will kick off in the summer 2016. We selected the renovation areas by identifying the sites that would benefit our customers the most. Thanks to wide-scale framework agreements, we can offer work to local experts and ensure sufficient resources for future electricity network investments too, Koponen concludes.
Overhead lines will be replaced by some 3,000 km of underground cables and some 2,500 transformers, new cable cabinets, and other technical devices required by reliable electricity distribution will be installed during these projects. The recycling rate of materials dismantled from the network during the projects is 100%, and Kuusakoski Oy handles all further processing of these materials.
In addition to network improvement work in rural areas, Caruna is also set to build new distribution network sections and renovate existing overhead lines in some urban and sub-urban areas.