Linxon to work once more with the Swedish TSO and contribute to the country’s strategy to green its steel industry
Svenska Kraftnät (SvK) has selected Linxon to deliver a new 10-bay 400 kV Air Insulated Switchgear (AIS) substation. The order forms part of a wider project in association the Swedish energy company, Vattenfall, which includes an additional 130 kV substation.
Together, they will power H2 Green Steel (H2GS)’s mill in Degerträsk near Boden. Work starting in March 2024, energisation of the 400 kV substation is expected in September 2025.
“Thank you to SvK for its ongoing confidence in Linxon’s engineering excellence,” said Andreas Burstedt, Managing Director for Linxon Nordics. “We are delighted and proud to contribute to the greening of the European steel industry in a project that underscores Linxon’s commitment to cleaner power.”
The greenfield development forms part of SvK’s Fossil-Free Upper Norrland (FÖN) programme which seeks to electrify energy-demanding industries – such as steel production – in the north of the country. The steel plant, announced by recently established H2GS, will be a digitised, automated and completely fossil fuel free facility producing green steel for the automotive, white goods, furniture and industrial equipment sectors. One of Europe’s largest green hydrogen plants will be integrated.
Northern Sweden – offering premium iron ore, a specialised steel industry and a strategy of developing and promoting fossil fuel free energy – is experiencing a boom in sustainable industrial investments. In Luleå, the Hybrit project – a JV between SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall is already operating a hydrogen-based steel production pilot plant. In Skellefteå, Northvolt is building an extensive battery production facility.
Linxon, is already working on similar turnkey substation projects for SvK in Ringhals, Hall, Grundfors and Kilanda. In October, the leading engineering firm also announced a contract with SvK for the brownfield development of an 8-bay 400 kV AIS substation in Jokkmokk, a key component of the Aurora Line. This cross-border Swedish-Finnish power line, which seeks to equalise energy prices and reduce dependency on fossil fuels, also forms part of the Fossil-Free Upper Norrland programme (FÖN).
Founded in 2018, Linxon combines AtkinsRéalis’ project management expertise and Hitachi Energy’s industry-leading technological knowledge in a partnership forming a leading engineering company. Linxon is building the infrastructure to power the world with carbon-free technology by offering turnkey solutions in the areas of substations for power transmission, renewable energy, and transportation.