The operation of Kemijoki was strongly influenced by the changing investment needs. The major renovations and capacity increases of the Kemijoki hydropower plants approached completion, and the future of new hydropower products was uncertain.
Securing the extensive hydropower expertise of the Kemijoki company in the changing operating environment had to be ascertained.
It was necessary that Kemijoki Oy could adjust its operations and cost structure to meet future conditions.
Corporate responsibility, a crucial part of the operations, also had to be taken into consideration when implementing the new operating model. Kemijoki Oy had to consider all these factors when formulating the new operating model.
In the new operating model, Kemijoki Oy focuses on operating the existing hydropower plants responsibly and on excellence in operations financially.
To attain the operation and maintenance objectives and to secure future competence, Kemijoki decided it was best to outsource this part of its operations to Caverion.
To ensure smooth integration, Kemijoki and Caverion executed a collaborative controlled handover project with Caverion in charge. The plan was prepared in great detail, ensuring a smooth handover without any production impact.
The corporate responsibility aspect of the new operating model was introduced to stakeholders by the CEOs of Kemijoki and Caverion.
To ensure that Kemijoki Oy was able to adopt its own operating model throughout the organisation from the outset, it was also necessary to make sure that ongoing projects to increase capacity were transitioned without disturbance to the new operating model. To ensure this could be achieved, the responsibilities were also transferred to Caverion.
The importance of corporate responsibility was highlighted in the integration, and efficient communication was a priority for both parties. The integration made use of established Caverion resources, who were put in charge of the handover from the outset, enabling for the new operator smooth access into the operation.
The cooperation started in 2014.
Under the agreement, around 80 Kemijoki Oy employees were transferred to Caverion Industria Oy. The integration process succeeded according to plan and caused no interruptions or other unwanted impacts on Kemijoki’s operations.
Caverion service details
Work safety responsibilities and safe practices
Local operation and maintenance of the 16 Kemijoki hydropower plants
Reserve power plants
Execution of contractual installation, inspection and monitoring duties
Planning, implementation and control duties on stand-alone projects
Work safety responsibility at plants also vis-à-vis visitors and subcontractors
Cooperation with various stakeholders in corporate communication issues