In Sweden’s second largest city of Göteborg, part of the city power grid was reaching the end of its technical lifetime. Power utility Göteborg Energi had experienced some breakdowns and problems, so it needed to upgrade. As part of a larger upgrade project, it needed to replace 94 kilometres of first-generation PEX cables with new cables.
Similar projects have not been done since the beginning of installing cables in Göteborg in the 1960’s. One major challenge in the project was logistics as downtime is very expensive when you close down large areas. In addition, the city has changed since the cables were first installed. The environment has changed as well as increased traffic and people moving around in the areas. Lastly, there is not much room to work with the cables as the city is already full of intallations.
Göteborg Energi offered a public tender for the project. Technical wholesale supplier Onninen joined NKT to put in a bid. Lead time from initial order to first delivery was five weeks. And this was happening in the first several months of 2020 – just as the global Covid-19 pandemic had spread to Europe.