Transformer replacements to meet future needs

In Vedum, we carry out two transformer replacements during the winter, setting up a new compartment and adapting the control room. Each transformer weighs approximately 18 tons.

The project is a framework agreement project at Vattenfall and the purpose is to give the station an increase in power so that you can meet the need for extra power supply in the area. The station is of an older nature and no major work has been done here for a long time.

The planning of the work began already in the spring of 2020, while the work itself gained momentum in mid-October. Today we have three fitters on site from Stationer SydVäst and it is expected to be ready in March 2021.

In this project, they have chosen not to do any total rebuilding, but they choose, among other things, to supplement with a used compartment. In addition, the transformer T2, which is now being replaced, will be reused in another station in the future. In this way, our customer saves both the environment and the economy, which is very good!

Welcome to 2021!

We want to welcome our customers, suppliers and employees into the year 2021! We have high hopes that 2021 will offer exciting and educational projects. We currently have projects such as Kalvkullen-Fäboberget where we are building a 29 km long overhead line and an ongoing project in Gothenburg concerning the West Swedish project where we help to strengthen the infrastructure in Gothenburg. Welcome to join us on our journey!

We help meet the needs of the future

In Solna, near the Mall of Scandinavia shopping center, a distribution project is currently underway. The work involves rearranging two loops. The loops feed large parts of Solna and we will help the customer to meet the future need for electricity supply in the area, as well as avoid bottlenecks in the network by re-stowing the load and balancing loads on both loops. The redevelopment also includes the replacement of three stations as they have passed 40 years and will advantageously be replaced with newer and more modern buildings. The new stations must be equipped with fault indication on all switches and that each switch must be able to be operated remotely so that the operation can benefit from the created connection possibilities. Through the conversion, you also get multiple connection options between the two loops.

Our work therefore involves reconnecting existing cables to temporary stations and then tearing down the current station, preparing and locating the new stations, and reconnecting the cables from the temporary stations to the new and modern ones.
The project has been implemented in three stages. We are now in part three and are expected to be completed in March 2021.

We are proud to be part of the West Swedish project

This autumn we are visiting projects in central Gothenburg. The project is part of the Gothenburg Agreement and thereby the West Swedish package where the infrastructure in Gothenburg needs to be strengthened. The project is large and is ongoing throughout the city with several different actors such as PEAB and Skanska. Nothing has really been done regarding the expansion and improvement of the infrastructure in Gothenburg since 1960 and therefore the need is great right now.

The largest part is about communication by train through Gothenburg being improved and made smoother. There will be three underground stations under Gothenburg; Central Station, Rosenlund and Korsvägen.

On the stage Olskroken, where Craftor is right now and is laying 10-15 high-voltage cables 12 kV, work is being done to ensure that Västlänken has its own tracks into the tunnel and under Gothenburg.

Other parts Craftor will be a part of include the Central Station, where we will move cables, put into operation about 10 high-voltage stations and run cables to these.

In total, it is about 400 km of cable that Craftor will help to pull over before the project is finally completed.

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