Kemijoki Oy continues the O&M agreement with Maintpartner at the hydropower plants in Lieksa area, Finland

Kemijoki Oy and Maintpartner have renewed their agreement on maintenance and local operations for two of Kemijoki Oy's hydropower plants on the River Lieksanjoki, Finland. Maintpartner has thorough knowledge of the plants after taking care of their operation and maintenance since 2008.

The long-standing relationship has produced both strong basic know-how and new innovations in the development of maintenance. Maintpartner has, among other things, developed monitoring of plants by means of aerial and underwater photography.

“Maintpartner has proved to be a reliable and innovative partner in the operation and maintenance of our power plants. We look forward to a strong and evolving know-how that brings further added value to the maintenance, availability and safety of our power plants,” says Raimo Ojala, Power Plant Manager at Kemijoki Oy.

“We are delighted to continue our good cooperation with Kemijoki Oy,” says Heikki Iitti, head of the hydropower business at Maintpartner. “We can continue to focus on things that are important to the safety, availability and production efficiency of hydropower. The key components are competence development, efficient use of the maintenance system and its data, and utilisation of new operating models such as digitalisation.”

Maintpartner has decades of experience in hydropower, where business growth has strengthened the company's expertise and service offering significantly. Currently, the company is responsible for the operation and maintenance of about forty hydropower plants in Finland and Sweden. In addition to continuous maintenance, Maintpartner offers expert services for the refurbishment of hydropower plants and other special projects.

The value of the agreement will not be disclosed.

Further information:

Heikki Iitti, Service Manager, Hydropower, Maintpartner
tel. +358 (0)40 869 1090, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vilho Salovaara, President, Energy, Maintpartner
tel. +358 (0)40 558 3010, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more about maintenance development at hydropower plants with help of aerial and underwater photography:
https://www.maintpartner.com/index.php/en/news/612-aerial-and-underwater-photography


Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading expert of the energy sector O&M in the Nordics. We help to improve the productivity of production facilities and minimise process disruptions. In addition, we offer flexible resources to many types of project, engineering and installation assignments. Digitalisation and our AI-based preventive solutions are becoming increasingly essential for industrial operation and maintenance. 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 delivers machine learning based MP INtelligence® process analytics to Fortum’s waste-to-energy plant in Riihimäki, Finland

Fortum has chosen Maintpartner's MP INtelligence® service based on machine learning technologies to control the thermal treatment production processes at its Riihimäki plant. The MP INtelligence service helps Fortum to minimise production interruptions due to unexpected breakdowns and to optimise the entire thermal treatment process. It continuously learns about the operation of the plant to improve its understanding of what are the normal operation conditions to enable Fortum to react to issues proactively.

In addition to hazardous waste, the Riihimäki plant uses municipal waste as fuel and generates about 100 GWh of electricity and 500 GWh of district heat per year. The MP INtelligence® service in Riihimäki was introduced in February. The service includes the collection and processing of customer data in real time, data analysis and automated instructions and alarms generated for Fortum to avoid production disturbances.

"Fortum already has experience of using MP INtelligence from many power plants. We are delighted that they want to extend the use of the service to new production facilities," says Manu Skyttä, who is responsible for the MP INtelligence business at Maintpartner.

MP INtelligence® is part of Maintpartner’s digital solutions for improving productivity.

Further information from:

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

Jari Salminen, President, Productivity and Digital Solutions, Maintpartner
Tel. +358 440 127 575, 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 expert of the energy sector O&M in the Nordics. We help to improve the productivity of production facilities and minimise process disruptions. In addition, we offer flexible resources to many types of project, engineering and installation assignments. Digitalisation and our AI-based preventive solutions are becoming increasingly essential for industrial operation and maintenance.

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.

 

Maintpartner updated its commitment to the world's largest corporate social responsibility initiative

Maintpartner has upgraded its commitment to the UN Global Compact initiative. Global Compact is the world's largest corporate responsibility initiative involving more than 9,500 companies. Maintpartner joined the initiative in 2016, committed to meeting the Global Compact's ten principles of responsible business operations in the area of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption activities.

This year, there are new priorities in the Maintpartner report including the processing of personal data in accordance with the EU data protection legislation, stronger obligations for the subcontracting network, and the emphasis on preventive safety work.

At Maintpartner, proactive safety work has brought excellent results. Injuries and accidents at work have fallen significantly for years. Focus on occupational health has, in turn, improved the well-being of workers so that, for example, in Finland, the average retirement age has risen for four years above the industry average up to about sixty years of age.

As regards the environment, measures include increasing use of renewable diesel, energy-efficient lighting and heating, remote meetings and new digital solutions for internal communications, among other things. The Maintpartner operation and maintenance personnel also improve the environmental responsibility of the industrial and energy plants it manages with several small and large solutions that reduce the need for raw materials, energy and spare parts.

”Cooperation and joint commitments play a key role in building more just and more sustainable societies,” says EVP Development Laura Kauppinen from Maintpartner. "For us, Global Compact is a valuable standard against which we measure and develop our own business. On the other hand, it is a way of communicating important themes in international context. Our values and ethical principles are present in our lives and provide our employees, from technicians to senior management, the basis for our activities. We also consider sustainability to be vital for the fulfilment of our customer promise and for being a good company."

Further information:
Laura Kauppinen, EVP Development, Maintpartner Group, tel. +358 45 264 6686, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading expert of the energy sector O&M in the Nordics. We help to improve the productivity of production facilities and minimise process disruptions. In addition, we offer flexible resources to many types of project, engineering and installation assignments. Our digital solutions for industrial operation and maintenance represent the state-of-the-art development in the industry.

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.

 

Jari Salminen appointed President of Maintpartner’s Productivity & Digital Solutions business

M.Sc., MBA Jari Salminen has been appointed President of Maintpartner's Productivity and Digital Solutions business line starting on 13 August 2018. Significant growth is sought for the business, whose spearhead is the predictive MP INtelligence analytics that monitors the plant processes online and detects threatening defects before the plant's own systems. The unit also implements dynamic predictive maintenance solutions.

Salminen has a strong international background in the development of IoT-based solutions, business and customer relationships. He is currently responsible for Software AG's international IoT sales and business development and has previously held similar positions in, for example, Cumulocity GmbH and Vodafone.

"Jari has a good understanding of the industry's needs for holistic digital solutions and a solid experience and network that are a definite advantage in his new position," says Maintpartner Group’s CEO Pasi Tolppanen. "I believe that he together with our competent team will strongly take forward both MP INtelligence and our other digital and productivity services business."

"Exploitation of data is one of the hottest trends, and a large number of industrial companies are also investing in IoT solutions for real-time data collection," says Jari Salminen. "The challenge is how to utilise the collected data in business. I believe Maintpartner has a solution for this. Combining Artificial Intelligence and machine learning based technology with Maintpartner's industrial know-how enables the data utilisation and business value creation quickly. I am excited to be involved in developing the business forward."

Until Salminen takes up his position, Maintpartner's Productivity and Digital Solutions business is led by Otto Tarkiainen, who supports Salminen for the time being.

Salminen's office will be located at Maintpartner's head office in Espoo.

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

 

 

 

Welding operations at Maintpartner Finland certified

Maintpartner has been granted ISO 3834-2 certification for its welding operations at the Kokkola site and EN 1090 quality certificate for its operations at the Voikkaa in the city of Kouvola. The Kokkola certificate is based on a general quality control system for welding which is typically required for objects under the pressure equipment directive such as tanks and pipework. The certificate received by the Voikkaa site covers load-bearing steel structures, such as industrial base frames and platforms.

It is essential to perform welding quality assurance in advance, since quality can’t be made afterwards and, when failing, welding will undermine the safety of the end product. At Maintpartner, we have concentrated demanding welding work to the Voikkaa site which serves South-Finland and Kokkola, who takes care of northern Finland.

Certification requires that all welding-related operations from design to personnel and equipment, materials handling and storage, as well as production and its security are implemented in a systematic and proper manner. Maintpartner has a comprehensive quality manual on welding and welding instructions that have been secured by welding procedure tests.

Nondestructive testing (NDT) is performed on the welding work to the extent required by the work; they include, among others, X-ray imaging of the welding seams and ultrasonic testing. Certification is required for welding load-bearing steel structures and some pressure equipment.

"Depends on, for example, the contents, volume and temperature of the pressure equipment, whether the certificate is required,” says Timo Kautto, welding coordinator at Maintpartner. "All our welders are certified and fully qualified for demanding jobs."

"Continuous quality assurance serves our customers best when the quality and safety of end products are improved," concludes Kautto. "I feel that certification also helps us continually develop our own operations."

Maintpartner’s customers represent all industries, such as the manufacturing and chemical industry, and the energy sector, where, in addition to ordinary welding work at facilities, we are experienced in welding flood gates, for example.

Further information:
Timo Kautto, welding coordinator, Maintpartner Finland
tel. +358 (0)40 761 6493, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kari Aalto, President, Project, Installation & Engineering Services, Finland
tel. +348 (0)40 566 2127, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Maintpartner is a leading industrial operation and maintenance company in Northern Europe and the leading expert of the energy sector O&M in the Nordics. We help to improve the productivity of production facilities and minimise process disruptions. In addition, we offer flexible resources to many types of project, engineering and installation assignments. Digitalisation and our AI-based preventive solutions are becoming increasingly essential for industrial operation and maintenance.

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.

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.

 

Karlskoga dammarbete Maintpartner 2018 web

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
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +46 (0)70-323 13 41

 

 

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.