Unique hydroelectric power plant services for Vattenfall
Vattenfall is one of the leading producers of hydroelectric power in the Nordic countries and the third largest in Europe. In Finland, Vattenfall owns nine hydroelectric power plants. Hydroelectric power is a 100% clean, renewable form of energy. Its supply is highly reliable and its production does not generate carbon dioxide, waste or emissions into air, water or ground.
Erik Mälkki, Director of Hydro Fleet Management at Vattenfall, believes in the future of hydroelectric power.
– Hydroelectric power is an emission-free, domestic form of energy, which plays a very significant role as regulating power. As a balancer in energy production, hydroelectric power makes it possible to increase wind power and solar power, which are very weather-dependent. Owing to its fast and easy adjustability, hydroelectric power is the technically best and most affordable form of regulating power, says Mälkki.
Empower’s multi-year service agreement with Vattenfall will be continued. Empower will provide Vattenfall with the local operating and maintenance services of all Vattenfall’s nine hydroelectric power plants in Finland. These services include, for instance, the weekly, monthly and annual maintenance of the power plants, centralized 24/7 control room services and services of the local operating and maintenance personnel working near the power plants.
Erik Mälkki has been very satisfied with the services.
– Hydroelectric power generation is increasingly based on the deployment of outsourced maintenance services, which is why smooth cooperation is so important. Empower can provide us with a service package that covers both control room services and continuous maintenance services – something that no one else in the Finnish market can offer. The fact that Empower is thoroughly familiar with our plants is also a distinct advantage. Thanks to good preventive maintenance, there are very few disturbances and failure calls, and the availability of our power plants is extremely high, notes Erik Mälkki.