Empower continues as the operating and maintenance partner of Vattenfall
Empower and Vattenfall have signed an agreement regarding the local operation and maintenance services of all Vattenfall’s nine hydroelectric plants in Finland. Among other things, the agreement covers the weekly, monthly and annual maintenance operations of the power plants, as well as the local operating and maintenance services. The agreement now concluded covers many years and starts in 2020, continuing the long cooperation of the companies that started back in 2001.
Erik Mälkki, Director of Hydro Fleet Management at Vattenfall, 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. The fact that Empower is well familiar with our plants is 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.
The service package Empower provides for hydroelectric plants is unique in the Finnish market, covering 24/7 both control room services and continuous maintenance services and annual maintenance operations.
– It is great that Vattenfall wanted to continue our cooperation, says Jari Simola, responsible of Empower’s service agreements for Industry sectors Operation and maintenance. A partnership of such long standing shows that it is of strategic nature where both parties have equal objectives and the will to develop using the model of continual improvement. The versatility of our service package is unique, and we are also actively utilising new digital tools in our work. Last year, for example, we introduced the Pointr tool that allows us to provide the local personnel with the support of our experts’ competence via a remote connection. Therefore, Pointr helps us better respond to the maintenance needs when the power plants are physically located far away from each other, Simola concludes.