Network Construction and Other Services
In order to maintain their good condition and reliable operations, the electricity networks, substations and control systems, i.e. the energy infrastructure, require constant maintenance. Traditionally, each electricity company has owned and maintained its own electricity network. These days, the service, maintenance, planning and construction of equipment are increasingly purchased from outside service providers. In other words, the ownership, operation, construction and maintenance of the network are being separated from one another.
The Finnish Energy Industries (ET) is also the member association and sector organisation for companies carrying on the design, operation, maintenance, construction of networks and power plants, as well as other services in the sector. Service provision is the fastest-growing industry in the ET sector. The efficiency of the energy sector is increased by developing and promoting the operations of the service provision market and the preconditions for existing and new service business operations in a changing operating environment.
Service production companies provide many kinds of services, sometimes in extensive areas. The services can comprise, for example, network contracting, installations, information systems, equipment manufacture, automation, industrial installations, control room services, energy metering, training, and invoicing services. The members of the Finnish Energy Industries currently include almost 30 service provision companies. In the next few years, the expansion of the industry is expected to continue.
Major Finnish companies providing energy-related services also operate in other Nordic countries and in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. In addition to privately owned companies, many companies offering energy-related services are owned by Finnish electricity companies and towns. In addition to electricity networks, several service companies maintain and build, for example, telecommunications networks or street lighting. In addition to energy companies, the customers of a single service provision company may include industrial enterprises, district heating companies and telecommunications operators.