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NEPower signed a contract with EPV Alueverkko Oy for the construction of a distribution network station at the Laajametsä industrial estate in Vaasa

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NEPower has signed a contract on 7.2.2024 for the construction of a 110 kV substation in the new industrial area of Laajametsä in Vaasa. This particular substation is significant as it has been classified as a critical regional network station. In practice, this means that the design and implementation of the substation will be more technically challenging than in normal distribution network projects.

“We have started the field design and equipment specification of the site immediately after the contract was signed. Next, we procure long lead-time products and create an implementation schedule. Earthworks will start during the summer of this year, with the aim of commissioning the new distribution substation in autumn 2025,” says Kari Ritala, the chief designer of the site at NEPower.
NEPower’s strong experience in technically challenging turnkey projects and its flexible and customer-oriented approach are key to ensuring that the Laajametsä project is completed on schedule.

A unique opportunity to prove the company’s capability for grid projects

The new distribution network station in Laajametsä is not only technically challenging, but also prominently located. This is a unique opportunity for NEPower to demonstrate in practice that the company has the capability to deliver projects of this scale and standard. Although the Laajametsä project is a distribution network project, it has many similarities with main grid projects.

“Competition for the overall supply of the project has been fierce, and we are pleased that NEPower has gained the confidence of the client to undertake this project. We hope that the project will open up new opportunities for us to carry out similar projects also on the main grid in the future. We also believe that there is significant potential for additional smaller contracts in the region, as many new players in the heavy industrial area need their own host station, which we are sure we can provide competitively in the region,” says Ritala.

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