Caverion wins Seitakorva hydropower project upgrade contract

Seitakorva Hydropower Project

Finnish utility Kemijoki Oy has selected the Caverion Corporation to increase the capacity at its 110-MW Seitakorva hydropower plant.

Caverion said the project includes the refurbishment of Seitakorva's machinery, and electrical and automation systems. The work will begin later this summer with Caverion responsible for design, installation and management services.

"The project is of high significance for Kemijoki Oy as it will make Seitakorva’s machinery one of the largest hydropower machines generating balancing power in Finland," Kemijoki Oy president and CEO Tuomas Timonen said.

Preparations have already begun, the utility said, with as many as 50 Caverion employees to work on the project before it is completed in November.

The overhaul is part of an extensive Kemijoki Oy plan to increase its cumulative generating capacity and decrease its environmental impact by overhauling its machinery. The company is Finland's leading producer of hydroelectric power with more than 1,100 MW of installed capacity spread across a fleet of 20 projects. reported the company had received a Nordic Investment Bank loan to help pay for the refurbishment program last year.

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