Improved dam safety for Karlskoga Vattenkraft with flood gates delivered by Maintpartner

A dam failure can have serious consequences for society. High water flows can endanger people and destroy important functions such as roads, electricity, telecommunications and water systems. It is also anticipated changes in the climate with more precipitation and higher water flows as a consequence, which requires that the high water flow is handled safely.

At hydropower plants, water flow is optimised using flood gates that occasionally need to be rebuilt or repaired to ensure good dam safety. A major renovation project may take several years - planning, environmental assessment, permit procedures and the renovation work take time.

 

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The latest major project involving Maintpartner took place in Karlskoga, Sweden where the local energy company Karlskoga Vattenkraft carried out measures to improve the safety of the Skärjen and Herrhult dams. The dams were fitted with new flood gates in stainless steel and a whole new concrete dam was built. The completed renovation work provides better opportunities for regulating the flow of water and means that the dam has now been secured for a long time to come.

The work was started in November 2015 and completed at the end of 2017. Maintpartner was responsible for the mechanical and electrical installations. The work included dismantling of the old flood gates, manufacture and installation of new ones as well as related transports. Maintpartner’s delivery also included complete electrical and control equipment for the flood gates.

Karlskoga Vattenkraft expressed their satisfaction with the project.

“Maintpartner was one of the entrepreneurs in the project and delivered all ordered equipment in line with the agreed timetable. The atmosphere was good and the contacts required for a successful project functioned extremely well”, says Anders Johansson from Karlskoga Vattenkraft.

Maintpartner has manufactured flood gates of various materials for over ten years in Degerfors.

“We have a wide expertise in this area. We manufacture and repair flood gates made of different materials, such as stainless steel, duplex stainless steel and black steel. The advantage of, for example, duplex stainless steel is that the structure is lighter without the safety being affected”, says Mikael Hultgren, Service Manager at Maintpartner in Sweden.

 

Further information:

Mikael Hultgren, Service Manager, Maintpartner AB, Sweden
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Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading actor in the energy sector in the Nordic countries. We help our customers improve the productivity of their production facilities and minimize process disruptions. In addition to long-term operation and maintenance agreements we offer development, installation and engineering services. Our digital solutions represent the best-in-class development in the field.

Maintpartner Group employs approximately 1,800 people. Our net sales in 2017 amounted to some EUR 167 million. The Group has offices in Finland, Sweden, Poland and Estonia. More information at www.maintpartner.com.

 

 

 

 

Maintpartner joins FinDHC, the Finnish District Heating and Cooling Association

Since its foundation, Maintpartner has been responsible for the maintenance of several power plants, and is now also taking care of operating the plants and district heating networks. Therefore, it was natural for the company to join FinDHC, the co-operative body of the district heating sector, which aims to improve the general awareness of district heating and its significance in Finland.

"We want to join in to develop the industry with our decades of experience," explains Timo Partanen, President (act.) of Maintpartner's energy business. "It is important for us to safeguard the position of district heat and its development as an environmentally friendly heating form. I believe that acting in an association will also help us to serve our customers even better. "

FinDHC evolves cooperation between its members - district heating producers, service providers, equipment manufacturers and private individuals. The association distributes fact-based information on district heating, monitors the technical and economic development of the district heating sector and legislation and, if necessary, submits presentations and statements.

Maintpartner’s Artificial Intelligence to start monitor Sandvik’s production in Sandviken, Sweden

Sandvik Materials Technology and Maintpartner have entered into agreement to implement MP INtelligence®, an AI based predictive analytics system to Sandvik’s hot rolling mill in Sandviken, Sweden. The fast implementation is already on-going.

MP INtelligence is a system that warns of emerging failures and process disturbances long before any other systems react. It will secure Sandvik’s production and in its part ensure the high quality of the end-products. It will also guide the operators to optimize the plant operations and processes.

“MP INtelligence helps to avoid production stoppages and downtime due to unexpected breakdowns which might cost millions of euros. This agreement strengthens our position in metal industry, whilst the analytics already has a steady position in other industries such as energy, chemicals and pharmaceuticals,” says Otto Tarkiainen, President of Maintpartner’s Productivity and Digital Solutions Unit.

Sandvik Materials Technology is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced stainless steels, powder-based alloys and special alloys for the most demanding industries. Its Sandviken steel mill manufactures hot rolled steel products with the annual capacity of 250K tons.

The agreement is valid for the time being, and its value is not disclosed.

 

Further information

Manu Skyttä, VP, MP INtelligence, Maintpartner
Tel. +358 (0)400 999 822, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Otto Tarkiainen, President, Productivity and Digital Solutions, Maintpartner
Tel. +358 (0)40 176 3112, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading actor in the energy sector in the Nordic countries. We help our customers improve the productivity of their production facilities and minimize process disruptions. In addition to long-term operation and maintenance agreements we offer development, installation and engineering services. Our digital solutions represent the best-in-class development in the field.

Maintpartner Group employs approximately 1,900 people. Our net sales in 2016 amounted to some EUR 160 million. The Group has offices in Finland, Sweden, Poland and Estonia.

President of Maintpartner’s project, installation and engineering services in Finland will change in June

Kari Aalto, M. Sc., has been appointed President of Maintpartner’s project, installation and engineering business in Finland starting 11 June. He will transfer to Maintpartner from Pöyry where he serves as Vice President, Construction & Project Management of the Industry Business Group. Before that he has worked, for example, at Pöyry as the Regional Director of local industrial services in Southern Finland.

In this connection, the current Business Line President Markku Leinonen will leave the company. As of 1 May and until Kari takes over, Mika Riekkola, Managing Director of Maintpartner Oy and Maintpartner Expert Services Oy, is the acting President of the Business Line.

"Markku has done a good job in developing the project, installation and engineering services, and I want to thank him for his contribution to the business unification," says Pasi Tolppanen, CEO of Maintpartner Group. "I have known Kari Aalto, the new leader, for a long time; he has a strong background in industry and project management, which will certainly be reflected positively on the further development of the business," Tolppanen continues.

Maintpartner's project, installation and engineering services offer a wide range of expertise to complement daily maintenance of plants in a flexible way. It employs some 410 people in Finland.

Further information:

Pasi Tolppanen, CEO, Maintpartner Group Oy
Tel. +358 40 541 6656 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading actor in the energy sector in the Nordic countries. We help our customers improve the productivity of their production facilities and minimize process disruptions. In addition to long-term operation and maintenance agreements we offer development, installation and engineering services. Our digital solutions represent the best-in-class development in the field.

Maintpartner Group employs approximately 1,900 people. Our net sales in 2016 amounted to some EUR 160 million. The Group has offices in Finland, Sweden, Poland and Estonia. More information at www.maintpartner.com.

The high season for annual maintenance shutdowns is approaching: How to succeed?

The busy period of annual maintenance shutdowns in the energy sector and industry are about to start. In the warm season maintenance can be performed in better conditions than in the winter and the demand for energy is at its lowest, among other things. Careful planning can shorten the downtime and reduce costs significantly.

Our experience of hundreds of annual maintenance shutdowns both in the industry and the energy sector has inspired us to prepare an extensive manual on how to best succeed with shutdowns.

Sloppy preparations may cause a number of problems, such as:

  • Inadequate workforce and missing spare parts, which are impossible to get quickly at a reasonable cost.
  • Lack of project management and planning. For example, work is heaped up in excess up to the last minute and you can’t execute them properly during the downtime.
  • Because of these, both the budget and downtime are exceeded which may cause big production losses.

Whether we talk about an energy plant in continuous operation or a production plant working on weekdays only, the share of an annual shutdown is typically some 10-30 per cent of the annual maintenance budget. With good preparation the downtime takes up some two per cent of the planned production time, whereas bad preparation may multiply it. Preparation is reflected also in occupational safety.

You can watch and load the presentation here:

 

 

Further information:


Markku Leinonen, President, Project, Installation & Engineering Services, tel. +358 (0)46 851 6195

Hannu Leskelä, President, Industrial Service Agreements, tel. +358 (0)40 546 8580

Timo Partanen, President (acting), Energy, Operation and Maintenance, tel. +358 (0)50 454 7200

Maintpartner renewed indoor amusement park equipment in Finland

Zones by Särkänniemi, an indoor entertainment center at the Ideapark shopping center in Lempäälä, Finland, opened its doors in February. The opening ceremony was preceded by a 2.5-month project, in which Maintpartner was responsible for the relocation and refurbishment of the amusement park equipment. The equipment, which was purchased by Zones by Särkänniemi from the previous operator, went through a complete renovation. In the first stage, a 5000 sq. ft. area was opened after it had been renovated from floor to ceiling.

Maintpartner’s Nokia team took care of, among other things, relocation, mechanical maintenance and refurbishment of the indoor roller coaster and various simulators and twists. Maintpartner also supports the Särkänniemi amusement park maintenance crew at the moment by taking care of maintenance and on-call assistance. Amusement park equipment are part of the expertise of Maintpartner’s Nokia team, which has long been working with maintenance at the Särkänniemi amusement park in Tampere.

The renewal of the Zones by Särkänniemi was characterized by special challenges because the work was done within the shopping center. Also the coordination of many different actors on a tight schedule posed a challenge. Construction noise had to be minimized during the shopping center's opening hours, the hoists had to be planned carefully and also the loadbearing capacity of the floors had its limits. In order to ensure safety, extensive and thorough maintenance and necessary repairs were carried out.

"Cooperation with Maintpartner was familiar to me from the period of the Hype roller coaster project, and it was great to continue with them here at Zones by Särkänniemi. I have been able to rely on the expertise of this professional group in every situation. It is also important that they try to find the most cost-effective solutions for the customer, with the quality remaining high, "says Maria Eskelinen, Director of the Zones by Särkänniemi entertainment center.

"A professional and adaptable team made it possible for the job to be completed successfully in such a tight schedule," says Maintpartner’s Team Leader Lauri Kousa. "We were able to find the right working methods and equipment for each situation and need."

The entertainment center is divided into several different zones, where there is something to do for the whole family. The renovation work will continue, and in the spring there will be a more formal opening ceremony.

In YouTube there is a video (in Finnish) from the renovation site. The video is prepared by Zones by Särkänniemi »

 

Further information:
Lauri Kousa, Team Leader, Maintpartner
tel. +358 (0)50 597 6931, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Markku Leinonen, President, Project, Installation and Engineering Services, Maintpartner
tel. +358 (0)46 851 6195, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.