Safety first – “gets us home safe today and everyday” is a key value of Aurora. Aurora has therefore been supportive of projects related to promoting and improving safety, particularly in its local operating environment.
In Tornio, RIG has provided traffic safety workbooks to local first-grade students.The workbook can be used throughout primary school, i.e. grades 1-6. “With the help of the workbook, traffic signs and rules are taught to the children in a fun and educational way. We delivered about 130 workbooks, “says Jukka Kuula, CEO of RIG.
RIG has also, since 2015, supported the private funded rescue helicopter Aslak, operating in Northern Finland.
KED has, in 2016, also decided to support children’s traffic safety. As the Kilpilahti area has a lot of heavy traffic, KED wanted to give the pupils of Kulloo educational center (grades 1-6) a flashing safety reflector. “The safety reflector is a cheap life insurance,” says KED’s executive assistant Petra Kraufvelin-Bergman. “As a parent, I feel it’s important to make sure your child has a safe journey to school, especially during our dark winter months. I am very proud of my employer for proactively supporting this initiative.”
Industrial seminar for Finnish institutions in Kilpilahti
In September 2016, Access Capital Partners, OP Group and Aurora Management organised a seminar in Kilpilahti, Porvoo for representatives of Finnish institutions who have an interest in the infrastructure sector.
The KED electricity network was showcased for the delegates. The day involved an overview of the site and grid as well as a visit to a couple of substations where delegates could see some of KED’s assets close up.
A presentation was held on the characteristics of the infrastructure asset class and Aurora distribution grids in particular. There were around 20 visitors who found the day extremely informative and enjoyable.
Aurora is recruiting an accountant to Espoo
The position as accountant at Aurora Infrastructure has been filled. Aurora would like to thank all applicants in their interest in working with us.
We are recruiting an Office Assistant to Kilpilahti
The position as Office Assistant at KED Oy has been filled. KED would like to thank all applicants in their interest in working with us.
KED takes control of network operation and maintenance
KED has taken full control of the operation and maintenance of the Kilpilahti electricity network as of May following the completion of a business transfer with Neste, where the daily operations of the network was transferred to KED.
Following the business transfer and with the existing O&M agreement between the companies therefore coming to its end, KED and Neste have separately agreed on other services that Neste will continue to provide to KED in good co-operation, in order to find the most efficient and functioning operating model for both companies in the Kilpilahti industrial area.
“KED welcomes the transferring personnel and wants to thank Neste for the O&M services it has provided during KED’s first two years of operation”, says Jyrki Havukainen, CEO of KED, regarding the agreement.
Aurora CEO Tony Lindroos is also delighted about the completion of the business transfer, “taking control of the operations and maintenance in Kilpilahti has been an important goal for KED and Aurora in order to secure long-term continuity and provide high quality service to all of our network customers on site. With our own headcount now growing, this move also enables us to expand the co-operation within the Aurora group as per our strategy. We believe it is essential to have a strong presence locally, but likewise developing best practices together will certainly enhance quality, efficiency and redundancy throughout the group. These are all important elements to our industrial customers who demand high service levels and extreme levels of security of supply”
Aurora group continues to strengthen its team
Since the Fall of 2015, Aurora group companies have welcomed many new experienced and skilled people to the team.
Elina Engman joined the Board of Directors last Fall, bringing local energy industry know-how to the group. Elina holds management and board experience from both industrial companies and local utility companies. She chairs today the Aurora board consisting of members from all three owners: InfraVia, Access Capital Partners and Pantheon Ventures.
Pekka Rossi has also joined the team since January as Group Controller of Aurora. Pekka is returning from London where he has spent the last two years of his career. Pekka has financial experience from companies such as PwC Finland and UK, Stora Enso and Valio.
KED has also been growing its organisation with key recruitments of experienced experts in their respective fields, Veli-Matti Lintula (System Manager), Mike Järvinen (Development Manager), Harri Männistö (Testing Supervisor). Furthermore, Heidi Hirsimäki has also been appointed as Sourcing Manager at KED and she will also participate in sourcing activities across the group companies. Heidi holds procurement experience from Wärtsilä and the City of Vaasa amongst others.
Aurora is an industrial partner without consumer affiliation
Aurora Infrastructure wants to state that it is 100% an industrial electricity distributor and industrial partner without any affiliation to the public DSOs that have been in the news as of late. Aurora Infrastructure does not serve any households and it only has ca 15 industrial customers in total.
Aurora’s subsidiaries operate highly reliable and complex electricity networks deep inside Nordic industrial sites. Its networks have previously been cost centers within the industrial companies that Aurora now serves. Aurora was selected as industrial partner in electricity distribution in Tornio and Kilpilahti due to its expertise in operating site specific networks and its capabilities related to capital expenditure projects that ensure the long-term competitiveness of the industrial sites.
InfraVia sells minority stakes in Aurora
InfraVia has sold ca 25% of minority stakes in Aurora Infrastructure to funds managed by Access Capital Partners and Pantheon Ventures.
The transactions strengthen the ownership base of Aurora and secures Aurora’s access to further capital in order to pursue its development strategy in acquiring further industrial networks in the Nordics. Please read full story here