Experts and a good team
VEO’s expertise in remote control systems and protection relays was an important reason why the cooperation once began. There was great faith in VEO, and VEO also did well in the price competition. According to Räsänen, the situation has not changed over the years, although new VEO team members have joined along the way.
“VEO still has a great team. The young people act like the previous VEO people. Nowadays, more coding is needed, which of course is related to the development of automation systems.”
A true sign of confidence in VEO was when Savon Voima for its Sälevä power plant chose Generator Commander, a generator excitation, synchronisation and protection device launched by VEO. Sälevä was the first hydropower plant to introduce the device.
“People asked me how I dared testing it. But I did not stress about it; I knew it was going to work,” says Räsänen.
Proper understanding is important
In co-operation with VEO, Räsänen also appreciates the possibility he has had at the beginning of new projects to ask for a lead engineer at VEO who is familiar with Savon Voima’s previous projects. This means it has been easy to discuss the utilisation of previous project solutions.
According to Räsänen, understanding the customer is an important feature for suppliers like VEO. This certainly raise the chances of success.
“It’s a good sign when the customer and the supplier both have a good feeling from the start. Especially in modernisation projects, unpredictable situations may occur. In such situations, you need the ability to compromise. I have always taken a firm and open position if something has called for it. Many thanks to the VEO people who I have worked with, for coping with this outspoken character from Savo”, Räsänen laughs.
Räsänen is also grateful to his employer, Savon Voima. Maintaining hydropower plants has kept him active and in good condition. Räsänen, a keen hobby ice hockey player has even joined VEO’s morning turn at the local hockey arena when visiting Vaasa. In addition to a number of hobbies and cottage life, hydropower plants will surely continue to fascinate him.
“You never know, if retirement starts feeling boring, I may join a project,” Räsänen says with a smile.