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Pohjolan Werkonrakennus Oy continues co-operation with Elenia

PWR has agreed with Elenia to prolong framework agreement. The terms of the agreement  is seven years including options periods and the annual contract value is approximately 10 million euros. 

27/09/2016
Pohjolan Werkonrakennus Oy continues co-operation with Elenia


_ PWR and Elenia will continue co-operation in  Pattijoki, Oulainen, Haapajärvi, Jämsä and Nokia areas. New Nokia area includes also previous Ylöjärvi area. In the agreement will Kangasala be replaced with the new area Orivesi.
 
- The contract is a result of PWR’s excellent work and competence. It also shows PWR’s ability to strengthening Infratek Finland division business. Renewing framework agreement has required many years of hard work, and passion for business,  says Veera Höglund, CEO of Infratek Finland division.  PWR has been a part of Infratek Group since January 2016.
- We have accomplished customer’s trust with persistent work, developing the processes and quality in our operation.  We are very proud of our highly competent personnel. And we will continue to  develop our  processes to maintain our competitiveness in a good level also in the future, says  says Antero Vehkala, CEO of PWR.

In picture; Antero Vehkala, CEO PWR, and Tapani Liuhala, CEO Elenia.

 

Tunnel breakthrough for Infratek

Infratek will be responsible for electrotechnical installations in the new tunnel on the E16 road between Sandvika and Wøyen in Bærum municipality. This is Infratek’s first tunnel contract.

20/09/2016
 Tunnel breakthrough for Infratek

“We won on price, which was the sole criterion, and the value of the contract with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration is NOK 20.59 million,” reports Jarle Pettersen, who is the company’s division manager. Infratek’s Infra Solutions division will be responsible for the work.

“This is a big day for us. We are entering a new market, a market that is in rapid growth. With this contract, we are showing that Infratek is now also competitive in this area. This project gives Infratek a new dimension. We can literally see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Pettersen says.

The contract concerns the supply and performance of electrical installations for the Bjørnegård tunnel and associated barriers in the daylight close to the tunnel portals. The tunnel consists of two bores, with two lanes in each bore. There are also three technical constructions.

The Bjørnegård tunnel is a 2.3 km two-bore tunnel that constitutes part of the new E16 in Sandvika. The traffic will be considerable, and so will the extent of the technical installations. The electrical job includes the supply and installation of 88 km of cabling, three main distribution boards and three UPS systems. (An Uninterruptible Power Supply, or UPS, is a backup system that ensures the vital functions in the tunnel continue to work in the event of main power failure.)

Infratek will also install and connect a total of 1,653 light fittings in the tunnel, along with 48 fans. The deadline for completion of both assignments has been set to 13 December 2019.

Grid owners can save NOK millions

Infratek are experts in live working. This working method means large savings for grid owners and more stable power supplies. “We could be looking at annual savings of up to NOK 10 million in costs of energy not supplied,” states Arild Borge, department manager for Norgesnett.

16/09/2016
Grid owners can save NOK millions

 “Much of this cost is due to disconnections for scheduled work. Live working means a considerable reduction in power disconnections, which of course means more satisfied customers,” he continues.

On the island of Asmaløy in Hvaler municipality in southern Norway, a line disconnect switch has jammed in the 20 kV distribution network. Norgesnett faces the choice of disconnecting the power for thousands of homes and holiday cabins further out in the Hvaler archipelago, disconnecting extensive sections of the high-voltage grid, or using live working to correct the fault.

“Many people use their cabins out there as remote offices over the long weekends, with PCs and other equipment that need power,” explains Borge. “Both those customers and the permanent residents need to be notified in the event of a planned power outage. And even though we do provide a warning, individual customers can understandably become irritated. A lot of them phone up Customer Services, and it has a negative effect on our reputation. One important factor is that we also face increased costs for energy not supplied. Besides, live working methods are at least as efficient. At Norgesnett, we have now really put live working on the agenda, and we will definitely be using this expertise much more in the future,” he emphasises. Together with his team, Borge is able to observe the repair work on the switch on Asmaløy close-up, as Infratek’s engineers drive the four-wheel-drive truck with its cherry-picker along the rocky shore.

Engineers Erlend Teig and Lindulf Gaustad give a step-by-step explanation of the work to those present. The duo leave no doubt: safety first. “It’s all about controlling the risk factors,” explains Erlend Teig. 

The REN (“Rational Electricity Grid Operations”) organisation is holding workshops on live working on 20 and 21 September at Gardermoen. Infratek will be taking part to demonstrate the technique. Infratek is one of the few companies with extensive experience of the working method.

“The personnel we use for live working, such as Erlend and Lindulf, are highly experienced, and they have extensive training and a fundamentally sound level of technical expertise,” confirms Kjell Løvbakken, department manager for Infratek. “Without the right know-how, this is a challenging and hazardous job. We take on live working assignments whatever the accessibility or terrain. It’s vital to have all the right equipment and to be fully trained in how to use it. A lot of live working installers say that they actually feel safer when working live, as then all of the risk factors are under their control. Statistics from various countries where live working is more common than in the Nordic region also confirm that live working actually is a safer working method than working on disconnected equipment,” he states.
 
Another advantage of live working is that it ensures full redundancy in the power grid. 

Norgesnett AS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fredrikstad Energi AS, and, through its area concession, is responsible for the power grid in the municipalities of Fredrikstad (excluding Onsøy), Hvaler, Nesodden, Røyken, Enebakk, Ski and Askøy. Norgesnett has approximately 93,000 customers.

Norgesnett’s department manager, Arild Borge (in the blue hardhat) and Infratek’s department manager, Kjell Løvbakken (left) observe the work on Asmaløy close-up.
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Infratek lights up Oslo

Over the next four years, Infratek will be lighting up municipal roads, parks, ski trails and sports facilities in Oslo. “This is a large and important contract for us. We have had a good relationship with the City of Oslo and the Agency for Urban Environment for many years and look forward to continuing our collaboration,” says Infratek Division Manager Jarle Pettersen.

17/08/2016
Infratek lights up Oslo

Infratek signed the contract with the City of Oslo’s Agency for Urban Environment yesterday. The agreement runs over four years, with an option for another two years.

“Briefly, the contract involves the operation and maintenance of all municipal street lighting for the City of Oslo, but also a number of other smaller projects. It will include general repairs, fixing lighting masts after automobile accidents and troubleshooting lamps that don’t light up for one reason or another. We will also be responsible for various management tasks, coordinating resources and correcting any faults in the street lighting control system, which consists of approximately 762 street lights, where approximately 100 of them are shared with the Norwegian Public Road Administration,” says Jarle Pettersen.
 
Oslo’s street lighting system consists of over 67,000 lighting points. In addition the Agency for Urban Environment has 110 km of floodlit ski trails comprising approximately 3,000 lighting points and 45 sports facilities with 1,000 lighting points.
 
“It is a very complex system. We already have years of experience working for the Agency for Urban Environment, which has supplied us with a good overview and best practices to help us keep Oslo’s lights on. We have highly experienced electricians working on this project. Together with the Agency for Urban Environment, we will be setting up operational routines to make the largest municipal lighting system in Norway even better,” says Infratek Division Manager Jarle Pettersen.

Infratek won the tender in competition with five other companies. 

It is the Infratek division Infra Solutions that has entered into the agreement with the Agency for Urban Environment. Infra Solutions are experts in the production, operation and maintenance of lighting systems in both public-sector and industrial environments. Through the brand INFRAGLOW, Infra Solutions delivers safety way guidance systems (SWGS) for tunnels, public buildings and institutions, hotels, cruise ships, factories and office buildings. Infratek Solutions also builds and operates charging stations for electric vehicles and is the biggest provider of rapid charging solutions.
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Anette Bjerke, Head of Traffic Control and Lighting at the Agency for Urban Environment and Jarle Pettersen, Division Manager, Infra Solutions.

Great help from summer temps

Tor Thorsrud Sporsem (23), Lars Eirik Eilifsen (26), Ine Skarrud (28), Kathrine Wiulsrød Lunder (26) and Fredrik Blom (24) spent the summer mapping Infratek’s business opportunities in the areas of wind farms, off-grid charging stations for electric vehicles and the electrification of ports.

04/08/2016
Great help from summer temps

“We see great benefit in having students in summer jobs here. It’s important for us to keep in close contact with educational institutions. We also try to have a thorough process in close cooperation with HR when we select our summer temps,” says Manager for Vocational Training Leon Andeng.

This year’s summer temps at Infratek see the thorough interview process as positive.

“I saw the exciting job ad on the Infratek website. Then I applied and was contacted by Infratek for a telephone interview. Everyone who moved forward in the process had to take a personality test, an aptitude test and go through a second interview. The second interview was incredibly exciting and challenging,” says Kathrine Wiulsrød Lunder (26), who has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Kathrine says they were given challenging tasks where they had the freedom to find their own solutions. “I ended up learning a number of things that I have not had time to focus on during my studies. The summer temps were a really good group,” she says.

Infratek places a lot of emphasis on giving summer temps the opportunity to experience positive professional development.

“The best thing about being a summer temp at Infratek is that we get a great overview of the company, from top to bottom. We have gotten to know all divisions and had many meetings with almost everyone at Alnabru. In addition, we have been included in a lot of exciting activities and it’s fun to see that everyone here is really eager to show you what they are doing!” says Fredrik Blom, who is getting ready to head back to NTNU in Trondheim.

Lars Eirik Eilifsen has one year left in his master’s in energy at the University of Bergen. He had the opportunity to use a lot of the theory from school in practice, both in terms of electrical engineering and project management. 
“It’s been fun to see that much of what I learned at school comes in handy. For me, it was also extra fun to be participate in on-site inspections of GIS systems (Gas Insulated Switchgear).”

Tor Thorsrud Sporsem, who is working on his bachelor’s degree in electrical power engineering at NTNU, adds: “Having access to so much expertise has really boosted my professional development and shown me the importance of the transfer of knowledge. Work is usually more motivating and inspiring when you can talk with the experts rather than ‘reinvent the wheel’ yourself. All this, together with close follow-up to help us focus on we wanted to learn more about has really given me a fantastic starting point for learning. It has been an exciting and educational summer.”
For Infratek, the experience with the five students has been entirely positive. In early August, the five summer temps will submit their reports on new business opportunities.

Ine Skarrud, who has one year left in her Master’s degree in industrial economics at the University College of South-East Norway, summarises her summer follows: 
“My summer job at Infratek has exceeded all my expectations. We were received with open arms wherever we went and whoever we met. I feel like we have become part of Infratek and that the company appreciates us being here. We were able to participate in almost every function in the company and gained a thorough understanding of what the various departments are doing. Infratek is definitely a place I’d like to work in the future!”

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Reference projects

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Customer:
Hafslund Nett
Place:
Sørum, Norway
Work done:
Building of overhead lines

Infratek has built overhead lines for Hafslund Nett in Sørum municipality. The lines are 22kV and stretches for 7.5 kilometers. 

- The lines we build is in total 7.5 km, says Erik Olsen-Ruud of Infratek.

Together with his colleagues Peter Haugland, Hågen Jellum and Arnfinn Bredesen he is bulding lines to give Sørum municipality a better power supply with the 22 kV distribution grid lines.

- In the project we have transported new poles, stones forfoundations, power lines and other materials on the special vehicle we use for such jobs. There was a lot of mud when we worked in the fall, but it was a little easier when it got colder at night, says Olsen-Ruud.

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Customer:
Ishavskraft
Place:
Oslo - Svinesund, Norge
Work done:
Fast chargers for electrical vehicles

On commission from Ishavskraft and the Ishavsveien project, Infratek built the first full service charging stations in the world by the E6 motorway between Oslo and Svinesund in Norway. 

The solution involves several types of quick chargers at every charging point so that it is possible to charge all electric cars – irrespective of make.

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Customer:
A-train
Place:
Stockholm, Sweden
Work done:
Operations and mainenance of the railway installations for Arlanda Express

Since 1999 we have worked with operation and maintenance at the railroad for Arlanda Express, the high speed train between Stockholm Central and Arlanda airport. 

- In this contract, we have the total responsibility, and this means high demands for service, availability and quality, says Leif Andersson, business developer for railways at Infratek.

The agreement was extended in 2012 and lasts until 2016.

Operation and maintenance contract with functional responsibility for engineering structures, tracks, electrical/aerial lines, signals and telecommunications. Telecommunications also covers passenger information systems (PIS), alarm supervision (SCADA), branch exchanges (PABX), closed-circuit television (CCTV), etc.

- We have had a long standing and close cooperation with Infratek, and we have had a common goal of being Sweden’s most accurate train operator. Arlanda Express has now kept this position for 10 years, says Per Thorstenson, CEO at A-train.

 

Customer:
Stokab
Place:
Stockholm
Work done:
Construction of connections

Framework agreement with Stokab concerning the construction of 170,000 connections. 

On commission from Stokab, we were involved in the construction of the largest open fibre network in Europe. The assignment involved contacting property owners to offer connection, project planning the network structure, and performing the actual channelisation and fibre work. 

Customer:
Fortum Distribution
Place:
Sverige
Work done:
Operation and maintenance of 20,000 transformer gauges and measuring systems

The assignment applies to all Fortum licenses in Sweden and includes building, repairs, accredited inspections and modifications of measurement systems that do not meet the requirements for measurement accuracy.

About us

Infratek employs around 1,350 people and is the leading total supplier in the Nordic region within building, operating and maintaining critical infrastructure. Our head office is in Oslo, and we have several offices across Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Infratek plays an important role in society by ensuring that the fundamental infrastructure functions appropriately. As an estimate, more than two million people in the Nordic region are dependent on the work we do for our customers every day. We deliver a broad range of services in the fields of power supply, railway systems and lighting.