Eltel and Caruna have signed a frame agreement on improving the operational reliability of power distribution network in the southwestern parts of Finland. The improvements on the medium and low voltage networks are carried out during the next three years. Value of the contract is EUR 40 million.The frame agreement consists of several separate network improvement projects. Many of the overhead power lines will be replaced with underground cables. In addition to cabling existing poles will be changed, more automation will be added, hundreds of transformer stations will be installed. The agreement is based on turnkey principle meaning that Eltel takes the responsibility from project planning to execution.
“The agreement is a good example how the infrastructure markets are changing. Our works are more and more larger cabling projects. The agreement is also a great proof of Caruna’s trust in Eltel’s competences in project management and underground cabling, and it is very important for us”, says Juha Luusua, managing director of Eltel in Finland and President of Eltel Power distribution business.
Caruna will secure their customers a reliable and weather-proof availability of electricity by these investments. “We organized a public procurement process when choosing the partner. We chose Eltel as our partner for the overall economy and the quality of operations. For us it is also important that Eltel is able to provide technician resources in major network disturbance situations”, says Ari Koponen, managing director of Caruna.
Juha Luusua, President, Eltel Power Distribution
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Caruna as a company
Caruna is the largest electricity distribution company in Finland, responsible for distributing electricity to 640 000 residential and company customers in South, Southwest and Western Finland as well as Joensuu, Koillismaa and Satakunta.
Caruna network is approximately 79 000 kilometers long which means it would extend twice around the globe.
Caruna is owned by Suomi Power Networks Oy which is a consortium of Finnish pension funds Keva (12.5%) and Elo (7.5%) together with international infrastruc-ture investors First State Investments (40%) and Borealis Infrastructure (40%).
Eltel in brief
Eltel builds, connects and cares for Infranet solutions based on an effective interplay between electricity, telecom and IT. Eltel specializes in combining these technologies into an emerging intelligent infrastructure called Infranet, dedicated to boosting the way our society works.
Eltel has 8,500 employees and a sales of EUR 1,15 billion. From its Nordic base, the company has expanded into the Baltic countries, Poland, Germany and UK. The goal is to become the leading Infranet company in Europe.