Elboom – then Svenska kraftnät must almost double its workforce

Almost twice as many in a couple, three years. Svenska Kraftnät employs 800 people to manage the expansion of new electricity networks.

Today, Svenska kraftnät, an authority responsible for the Swedish electric motorways, has around 900 employees, only a doubling in a few years. During 2022–2024, that number will be up to 1,700.

– The driving force behind this is the entire energy transition, says CEO Lotta Medelius-Bredhe.

New offices are underway, one in Luleå and one in Gothenburg, in addition to those located today in Sundsvall, Sollefteå and the head office in Sundbyberg, outside Stockholm. And there may be more, according to Medelius-Bredhe.

But it will not be easy. The competition for staff is fierce. The entire industry wants to employ electrical engineers, IT specialists and environmental expertise. There is also a need for knowledgeable people on offshore cabling for the planned wind farms.

– It is a challenge for the entire energy industry, she says.

Svenska Kraftnät will invest around SEK 100 billion over the next ten years, in both new electricity networks to meet the expansion of new electricity production and new electricity use, including in northern Norrland, but also to replace the existing main grid that is becoming old.

Can not handle the assignment for electricity transmission

The list of what the authority must be able to do is growing. And critics think that Svenska kraftnät has been slow. But a lot is appealed, the authority defends itself with.

– It does not always go at the pace we want, says Lotta Medelius-Bredhe.

Today, for example, the authority does not fulfill its task with regard to the transfer of electricity between the ends of the country, with, among other things, large price differences for electricity as a result. Svenska Kraftnät has, among other things, requested an exemption from the rules on how much electricity must at least be able to be transported in the motorway cables, in order not to jeopardize the operation of the networks.

But the other electricity authority, the Energy Market Inspectorate, recently gave Svenska Kraftnät a lesson, which means that the work must be speeded up to get to grips with the problem.

Source: Nyteknik – Senaste nytt by www.nyteknik.se.

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