We are building the overhead line between Kalvkullen and Fäboberget

In Fredrika, a small town in the southern part of Lapland (Västerbotten County), we currently have a construction contract. Our customer Vattenfall is currently building a wind farm and we will build an overhead line of approximately 29 km that will connect to the wind farm. The work is divided into two packages, of which we have received one and Vattenfall Service the other.

The work involves the construction of 161 post sites to be built between Kalvkullen and Fäboberget near Fredrika.

What distinguishes this project from other projects we have is that we will build 48 posts with composite posts, 7 truss posts and the remaining posts will be built with wooden posts. The reason for choosing to mix different sets of poles is mainly because in some places very long poles are needed that only composite poles are long enough to handle.

To reduce the impact on the environment in the form of driving injuries and to make the work more time-efficient, a helicopter will be taken in during three to four rounds to drive out poles and joists to the pole positions. In October, the helicopter was used for the first time. Otherwise, to cope with the occasionally tough terrain, excavators, six-wheelers and tracked vehicles are used to transport personnel and materials.

One minute for safety at work

During week 43 it was European Work Environment Week and during Tuesday the 20th of October all projects at our customer Vattenfall electricity distribution were stopped for one minute. The purpose was to highlight the importance of a good and safe working environment. For us at Craftor, of course, a good and safe work environment is the most important thing for our employees to come home safely from work every day. Therefore, we encouraged Vattenfall’s work to make this visible and participate in the industry’s joint work going forward.

Here you see the staff at our project Notviken in Luleå where the business stood still for a minute.

Eleda Infra Services Group acquires Craftor

Eleda Infra Services Group (“Eleda”) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in Craftor Holding AB (“Craftor”). Craftor’s management team will remain as shareholders of the combined group and continue in their respective operational management roles.

Eleda is an expansive infrastructure services group focusing on small to medium sized services and projects within civil engineering and transmission infrastructureserving a wide range of infrastructure end-markets for public and private customers. Craftor is a complete service provider within electrical infrastructure and will strengthen Eleda’s ability to serve customers operating the Swedish electricity grid, particularly in the urban areas of Sweden where the need to invest in the electricity grid is critical to meet the growing demand for electricity. Craftor has an impressive history of high growth and solid profitability, having grown revenue organically from SEK 600m in 2016 to SEK 1.1bn LTM June 2020. The pro forma revenue for Eleda following the acquisition is around SEK 8 billion.

Craftor is operationally very similar to Eleda and complements our service and maintenance business within power distribution. We are confident that Craftor will bring significant synergies and strengthen both legacy Eleda and ONE Nordic, which we combined in a landmark transaction in June this year. The acquisition of Craftor is another step towards cementing our position as the leading infrastructure services company in the Nordics”, says Johan Halvardsson, Group CEO at Eleda.

This is great news for Craftor”, says Klas Urban Hilberth, CEO of Craftor. “We have had a fantastic journey under our previous ownership but are excited to be able to partner with Eleda. We now look forward to the next phase of growth as part of the larger Eleda group, with whom we already have several overlapping clients”.

“[Eleda is off to the successful start that we hoped for when we entered in June 2020, and this acquisition is a testament to their ability to continue to attract world-class entrepreneurs. We welcome Craftor to the Eleda family and look forward to continuing to support the now-larger Eleda on their future growth journey]”, says Bengt Maunsbach, Partner at Altor.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals.

For more information, please contact:

Johan Halvardsson, CEO, Eleda, +46 70 545 95 01

Emilie Condrup Masior, Head of Communications and ESG, Eleda, +46 70 828 04 66

Klas-Urban Hilberth, CEO, Craftor, +46 768 45 49 25

Bengt Maunsbach, Partner, Altor, +46 867 89 115

Tor Krusell, Head of Communications, Altor, +46 705 43 87 47

About Eleda Infra Services Group

Eleda is an expansive infrastructure services group focusing on small to medium sized services and projects within civil engineering and transmission infrastructure, serving a wide range of infrastructure end-markets for public and private customers. The Group operates via regional companies across southern and central Sweden, currently Akeab, Mark & Energibyggarna, Salboheds Bygg & Anläggningstjänst, JVAB and One Nordic, all of which have similar business models and operational focus. Eleda Group’s corporate culture is marked by a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and the companies work independently in complementary geographical areas with the goal of being a leading player in their respective regional markets. Eleda Group, which has its headquarters in Stockholm, has around 2000 employees and sales around SEK 6 billion in 2019. Eleda Group is owned by Altor and a broad group of key individuals in the Group.

For further information please visit www.eleda.se/en

About Craftor

 Craftor is a power contractor providing design and construction services to energy companies and power distribution owners in Sweden. By combining world class project management skills with extensive craftmanship, Craftor delivers complex infrastructure projects on all voltage levels up to 400kV. Since the company was founded in 1983, it has evolved from the small assembly company to one of the leading power contractors in Sweden with appr. 140 employees and some of the most advanced and specialized assignments in the area. This gives us a unique stability and opportunity for continued development – both for our employees, the company and our customers.

For further information, please visit www.craftor.se/en

About Altor

Since inception, the family of Altor funds has raised some EUR 8.3 billion in total commitments. The funds have invested in excess of EUR 4.2 billion in more than 60 companies. The investments have been made in medium sized predominantly Nordic companies with the aim to create value through growth initiatives and operational improvements. Among current and past investments are Dustin, Byggmax, Piab, Aalborg Industries, Trioplast, SATS and RevolutionRace.

For further information please visit www.altor.com

Johannes Olsson; Project Manager of the Year 2020

Yesterday, our project manager Johannes Olsson (PG13 Stations Southwest) received COWI’s award for Project Manager of the Year in community construction.

COWI annually awards a prize to Project Manager of the Year in community construction. The purpose of the award is to highlight the project manager’s important role in community building and it goes to the person who is a star at leading teams, works for good business and has a burning interest in sustainable community development. You can read more about the award and an interview with Johannes here: https://bit.ly/3iJl0HQ

We are incredibly proud and wish Johannes a Big Congratulations!

New Business Area Manager for Stations

We are pleased to announce that in May Claes Forssman took over as new Business Area Manager for the Stations business area. Claes most recently comes from the role of responsible for Ellevio’s project operations within the regional network expansion in Stockholm and has a solid experience from both station and management projects. With our projects in Stockholm, Claes and Craftor have worked together for many years and already know each other well.

– To have the opportunity to enter Craftor now that the entire energy market is facing a major transformation that will affect both our customers and us feels very exciting and fun. The work on continuing to develop the station operations feels challenging but very stimulating and relevant, says Claes Forssman.

We warmly welcome Claes and wish him luck in his new role here with us at Craftor!

Porträttbild av Claes Forssman

Cable wiring in South Stockholm

In early April we will meet Karl Hultman in Huddinge on one of our newly started projects. When we are on site, the project has been going on since mid-March and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2020. The work is about excavating about 1 mile with a total of 12 part stages, about 300 joints and about 70 low voltage cabinets.

– We all have indoormeetings through Skype but outdoor meetings on projects we run as usual. We keep our distance and greet each other without contact. It goes well, says Kalle.

At the moment we only have our subcontractor at site and they say that they use a variety of different aids to facilitate work such as lifting devices for cable and self-propelled asphalt saw. In addition, an SJA (Safe Job Analysis) is written according to Craftor’s SJA blocks and reconciliations are made every week with projectmanager Kalle.

New ground management between Måby-Rosersberg

Craftor has been commissioned by Vattenfall to lay a new 130 kV line between transformer station Måby and new transformer station in Rosersberg Södra.

It is an extensive land project that is in a southerly direction from Måby in Märsta to Rosersberg. Craftor’s work involves shafting and laying of 130 kV ground cable. The purpose of the reorganization of the cable is to strengthen the electricity grid in the region. This is based on the need to meet an increased transfer need in the future as a result of the new establishment of operations in Rosersberg’s industrial area.

The work started in mid-January 2020 and should be completed in mid-August 2020. This means that it is an extremely short execution time with passage through areas that can contain several different difficulties such as unexploded ammunition, soil pollution, passage through a golf course, during a by rail and through land areas with ancient remains. Planning and planning of the project was started several years ago and the long period of time before the start of production means that some stakeholders along the route may have received new staff, forgotten or thought that the project would fail, so a lot of extra communication is required now that we’re getting started.

– The challenge for the project for us is to cope with execution time despite the changes that occur during the course of the work, says Kjell Johansson, project manager.

Kjell, however, is hopeful that the work will flow so that Craftor can fulfill the client’s expectations and that both parties will be satisfied with the implementation and results.

Craftor equips 130kV and 50kV switchgear

Craftor has been commissioned by E.On Energy Distribution to equip Oskarshamn S transformer station.

The assignment includes replacing high-voltage appliances on 50- and 130kV switchgear, adding a new compartment for zero-point equipment, dimensioning of busbar rails and rebuilding an existing control building to establish a new control plant.

The station is located outside Oskarshamn in Kalmar County and is an important entry point to the city.

-Such tasks like this are complicated. It is important to plan the exchange of appliances carefully as we cannot have too long interruptions. This is something we can do and we are proud to have gained E.ON’s confidence in delivering the project, ”says Alexander Lundh, project manager at Craftor AB.

In addition to the main assignment, some temporary solutions are also included in order to be able to change the plant operation.

The assignment is a total contract with construction start Q1 2020 and is expected to be completed Q4 2021.

For further information, contact:

Alexander Lundh, project manager, (+46)72- 231 89 30

Craftor secures the power supply

Craftor has been commissioned by Ellevio to secure Stockholm’s electricity supply.

It is an extensive project that will secure Stockholm’s electricity supply for the future, while high-voltage air lines will disappear from nature. The work, which is carried out in consortium with NKT HV Cables, which provides the cable system, means that nine parallel 420 kV cables will be installed along a distance of about 12 km in both land and water from Beckomberga to Bredäng. Craftor’s part refers to work on land along a distance of approximately 6.7 km with the aim of strengthening the capacity in Stockholm and to demolish the existing overhead lines and instead dig down ground cables in order to free up land for future exploitation in the affected areas. In addition to this, the project also includes the reconstruction of two stations for which Craftor is responsible.
District Manager Peter Jonsson is expectant of the work and thinks it feels fun that Craftor has been given the opportunity.

“Our work on site preparation will start in March 2020 and it feels very exciting,” says Peter Jonsson, district manager.