Sustainability and green
The project is highly beneficial for society, since it reduced the number of power outages. Having a faster Internet connection provides residents and companies in rural areas with the same opportunities as those in more densely built-up areas, which means that more people can continue living in their home regions.
The environment must always be protected. We imposed strict demands on the machinery we used and continuously monitored our fuel consumption throughout the project. Our employees were trained in eco-driving and thus knew how to use the machinery in an energy-efficient manner. In practical terms, eco-driving involves planning your driving, looking ahead for queues at the loading area and driving with optimal loads.
Sensitive watercourses were also protected. Laying cable on the bed of a watercourse entailed environmental risks and a hole was therefore drilled two meters below the watercourse bed. The cable was then drawn through the hole and we thus avoided all contact with the watercourse itself.
A new method for laying conduits was used to pull cable through long stretches of conduits. This dramatically reduced the use of protective filling material, which in turn meant fewer journeys with materials. The amount of damage caused by driving was dramatically reduced, which is important when we are working in sensitive natural surroundings. The method has proven particularly effective in delicate mountain terrain.
Safety is paramount
Naturally, the safety of our employees was extremely important. One way of protecting our personnel was to appoint the right people with the right skills. Safety and environmental inspections were carried out to ensure that all employees and machinery had the correct protective equipment, all machinery met the applicable environmental requirements and featured spill response equipment and so forth.
Material consumption was minimized for both financial and environmental reasons. The cables were spliced to avoid unnecessary waste lengths.
Jämtkraft recycled transformers, which was another example of the environmentally conscious approach of the project. Rather than being scrapped, used transformers that were still in good condition were sold to Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Purchasing used transformers makes electricity affordable for impoverished areas.