Mika Orpana

Integral role in supporting operations of Outokumpu

The Outokumpu – Aurora network partnership dates back to 2013 when Outokumpu decided to transfer the industrial network serving its integrated stainless steel and ferrochrome production facility in Tornio, Finland to Aurora. Outokumpu ensured that its network is well invested into, and strengthened the expertise required to run network operations in a demanding industrial environment, while freeing capital for other business purposes.

“Outokumpu has been pleased with the performance and commitment of Aurora as its network partner over the past eight years. Aurora is very transparent when engaging with us on the current state of the network and is proactively presenting and driving initiatives Outokumpu could benefit from. Availability and reliability are key requirements for our production facilities and we expect both high level of collaboration and performance from our partners. When it comes to network operations Aurora has proven its value to us and we look forward to continued high performance and development of the network in upcoming years.”

Outokumpu Energy Director, Mika Orpana

Example of ongoing network development:

Aurora is currently upgrading Tornio site 110kV electricity distribution by constructing a new gas insulated switchgear to which also some of the 110kV incoming connection lines serving the site will be re-routed. Additionally, a new control room and service building is being built to improve both monitoring and service capabilities. As a result of the investment Outokumpu will secure a reliable incoming electrical supply infrastructure for the next years, and serviceability of high voltage equipment during normal operations will be enhanced.

For the project Aurora is teaming up with Siemens and TSV Rakennus as well as utilizing its cross-site resources, in addition to the local Aurora Tornio team.

“Not only during a pandemic is it important to have sufficient resources secured, but it is also from a continuity perspective important that there is specialized know-how readily and flexibly available when needed. We expect no less from ourselves than to continue to meet our customers’ expectations and proactively develop our operations and service further”

Tony Lindroos CEO Aurora.