The Finnish main grid is a business accelerator; it helps to build new export assets for the future around clean electricity and open data. Finland has a rare situation on its hands: We are a pioneer in a technology for which there is an acute, global demand.
Fingrid’s innovation activity is primarily aiming for more efficient and higher-quality operations. Development work is being done in cooperation with experts from different sectors. Everyday examples of this are the Noiseless Acoustics sound camera and the NordSafety reporting system.
Finland will begin to renew the main grid’s 110 kilovolt transmission lines in North Karelia next year. The wooden towers are more than 50 years old and aging. They will be replaced with sturdy steel towers, which can also withstand heavy hoarfrost loads in the winter.
The new Länsisalmi substation is important for the electricity supply of Helsinki and Vantaa and for the development of energy supply throughout the area. The opening ceremony for the newest landmark in Vantaa was held on Tuesday 27 March 2018.
Fingrid continued to make large investments and develop its operations in 2017. The company is in good financial condition and the result has developed as expected and according to regulation. Turnover was 672 million euros and more than 111 million euros were spent on investments.
The entire electricity system is undergoing an unprecedented change. Fingrid’s aim is to have effectively functioning electricity markets in the Baltic Sea region that ensure reliability of supply in all conditions. However, the “clean electricity system of the future” will require strong transmission connections in order to operate optimally.
Fingrid reacted quickly to Kemira’s plant expansion in Joutseno by renewing the main grid in Southern Karelia and building a new substation in the Joutseno area. This ensures that the growing need for power and electricity consumption can also be met in the future.
The end of August was an historic moment at Alajärvi substation, as the last air blast circuit breakers in the main grid were removed from use as part of the substation renewal project. Project Manager Sami Mäki and Expert Heikki Porkka, who planned the transmission outages, have been involved in the different stages of this substation.
Following closure of the Elektra electricity museum, its contents will be transferred to the Museum of Technology collections. One particular aim was to keep the main grid collection, which describes the construction and maintenance of the main grid, as a single entity. Part of the collection will be displayed in the new Land of Technology exhibition opening in October.