Putting projects into practice

In addition to long-term projects, Fingrid is promoting several practical projects that enable the connection of new production to the existing main grid or provide customers with new electronic services.

Commenting on long-term projects and practical projects were Senior Expert Minna Laasonen (from the left), Construction Managers Daniel Kuosa and Keijo Välimaa, and CIO Kari Suominen (at the back).

The My Fingrid extranet service for main grid customers is more visually illustrative and easier to use than the current services. Electronic services based on topographic base information are being developed in cooperation with customers.
“A service that is independent of time, place and terminal device makes it easier to plan things like service work because of the clear map view. As a result, we can reduce the distribution outages experienced by the customer. It will also be easier for customers to monitor their own information,” says Development Manager Rami Saajoranta.

A more flexible service makes it possible to combine different extranets into a single system.
The RAC 3 -project is a power transmission project aimed at creating a new 400 kV transmission connection between Finland and Sweden. It would run from the Oulu region via Keminmaa and across Tornionjoki River to Messaure in northern Sweden.
“In cooperation with Svenska kraftnät, the goal is make an investment decision by the end of 2020 so that construction could be completed in 2025,” says Construction Manager Keijo Välimaa.

This year, an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is being launched for the Keminmaa–Tornionjoki section, which will require consultation with several stakeholders. The RAC3 project has received Project of Common Interest (PCI) status from the EU, which means that the project is considered essential to the EU’s internal market and to achieving the EU’s energy policy objectives.

In the Connecting Olkiluoto 3 project, Fingrid is preparing for the commissioning phase of the world’s largest power plant unit – TVO’s Olkiluoto 3 – beginning in December 2018. OL3 should be in commercial use in May 2019.
“Before starting the commissioning phase, we will implement system protection and ensure that our Main Grid Control Centre is ready for connection of the new power plant,” says Project Manager Minna Laasonen.

The Digital substation project consists of a pilot substation, maintenance management IoT solutions, and a maintenance model for protection and automation systems. The pilot project is aimed at obtaining a procurement agreement this year.
“The digital substation of the future will be compact, safe, environmentally friendly, remotely operated and cost-effective in terms of investment and operating costs,” envisions Construction Manager Daniel Kuosa.

The Network codes into practice project deals with the connection, operating and market network codes. For example, the Network Code Forum established by Fingrid shares information about how the network codes will affect customer functions.
“Implementation of the approved network codes will continue until the 2020s, so we’re just getting started. Public consultation will be arranged concerning the network code terms and methods so that stakeholders can influence these terms and methods. The codes are implemented after the regulator has approved them,” says Planning Manager Ritva Hirvonen.

A company culture development project called the Loikka coaching programme started recently. It will strengthen Fingrid’s corporate culture during the energy industry transformation.
“Self-direction, productivity and impact will become central elements in the culture. Every
Fingrid employee will be the CEO of their own work,” explains HRD Specialist Riina Korpi.

The strategic HR project will be monitored throughout the year all the way to the executive management group.