CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is within the next five years renewing the protection relays for the electricity supply. Arcteq Relays Ltd from Vaasa have been chosen by CERN to be the supplier of the protection relays, after a technical evaluation and a bidding contest in several phases. The responsible persons at CERN where convinced by the advanced technical features and the good record of accomplishment of Arcteq products.
Arcteq Relays Ltd was founded in the heart of the largest energy cluster in the Nordic countries in the beginning of this decade. Even though Arcteq is a fairly young company, all employees have a long experience of developing and marketing protection relays. 80 % of Arcteq is owned by keypersons within the company and one fifth by Ensto, an international family business which designs and provides smart electrical solutions.
All Arcteq products are designed and manufactured in Finland. 93% of the production is exported to e.g. Korea, Taiwan, Malesia, Brazil, USA, and South Africa. Last year the company have especially invested in marketing to Europe and Finland. The investment is a bearing fruit, in the beginning of the year Arcteq have sold protection and automation devices to more than 20 substations in Finland. For example, 17 distribution substations in the Caruna distribution network will be equipped with Arcteq protection relays.
– Caruna prefer to use Finnish top technology in their network. The refurbishing of 17 substations is of great importance for the reliability of electricity supply to our customers, says Sauli Antila, Head of development at Caruna
The CERN cooperation was also initiated from increased marketing activity in Europe.
– This contract is an important reference for us, we were competing side by side with the largest protection relay manufacturers in the world. To an operator like CERN the reliability of the electricity supply and the operation of protection relays is extremely important, this contract is an acknowledgement to the relay expertise of Arcteq, marketing and sales manager Robert Olander says.
the relay deliveries to CERN will take place in the coming five years. The first batch is delivered during May 2017. An extensive training package is part of the agreement. The full value of the contract is over half a million euros.
– CERN technical specification targeted high-end products in the protection relays market, with strict reliability requirements, flexibility in term of I/O as well as a broad range of protection functions and embedded functionalities. The bid from Arcteq was analysed among others challenging bids and won, fulfilling the CERN specification in all respects. – Commercial Program Manager Björn Jensen at CERN.