Hydroelectric Plants in Northern Sweden

Abelvattnet
Location: Vasterbotten
Operator: Vattenfall
Configuration: 1 X 4.6-MW Kaplan
Operation: 2011
T/G supplier: Indar
Quick facts: In Jul 2008, the Swedish Environmental Court approved the construction this SHP on the Ume Älv River, close to the Norwegian border. The environmental impact of the facility is limited since it uses a dam and discharge tunnel that were put in place in the 1960s. The hydro plant was put into operation in Jan 2011.

Photograph courtesy of Vattenfall
Posted 27 Dec 2016

Akkats
Location: Norrrbotten
Operator: Vattenfall
Configuration: 1 X 145 MW
Operation: 1972 (ret)
T/G supplier: Nohab, ASEA
Quick facts: The paintings on the spillway gates are by the artists Bengt Lindström and Lars Pirak. Part of the 'Doors to the West' art project on the power station. The 150-MW set was retired and two new 75-MW T/G sets are being built in replacement.

Photograph by Hans Blomberg
Posted 11 Jul 2001

Balforsen
Location: Vasterbotten
Operator: E.ON Sverige AB
Configuration: 2 X 42 MW
Operation: 1958
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, ASEA

Photograph courtesy of Sydkraft AB
Posted 24 Apr 2004

Bergeforsen
Location: Vasternorrland
Operator: Vattenfall
Configuration: 4 X 39-MW Kaplan
Operation: 1955
T/G supplier: Riva, Elin
Quick facts: This HPP is the lowest power station on the Indalsalven. Vattenfall has been rebuilding the dam and spillway. The power plant is co-owned by Vattenfall (60%) and E.ON (40%). In 2014, Koncar supplied Units 1&2 with new stators and reinsulated rotor poles. That same year Lemminkainen completed a new spillage channel and related channels in a €43mn project.

Photograph courtesy of Vattenfall
Posted 27 Dec 2016

Brynge Rebuild
Location: Västernorrlands
Operator: Statkraft Sverige AB
Configuration: 1 X 5.2 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1993
T/G supplier: WAPLANS
Quick facts: The original plant was built in 1924, located in Örnsköldsviks kommun.

Photograph courtesy of Statkraft
Posted 20 Feb 2011

Degerforsen
Location: Västernorrlands
Operator: E.ON Sverige AB
Configuration: 2 X 31.5 MW Kpalan
Operation: 1966
T/G supplier: Maier, ASEA
Quick facts: Degerforsen is on the Ångermanälven River, just outside the small village of Junsele in the center of Sweden. In Oct 2011, Andritz was awarded a contract for the one vertical Kaplan refurbishment runner for the plant.

Photograph courtesy of Andritz
Posted 2 Sep 2012

Harspranget
Location: Norrbotten
Operator: Vattenfall
Configuration: 3 X 110 MW, 1 X 165 MW, 1 X 450 MW Francis
Operation: 1952-1980
T/G supplier: Nohab, KMW, ASEA, CGE
Quick facts: This is Sweden's largest hydropower plant and Unit-5 is the largest hydroelectric unit in Europe. The photo shows the inauguration of the first phase of the plant on 15 Jun 1952.

Photograph courtesy of Vattenfall
Posted 30 Dec 2006

Krangede
Location: Vasternorrland
Operator: Fortum Generation AB
Configuration: 6 X 44 MW Francis
Operation: 1933
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, ASEA

Photograph courtesy of Fortum
Posted 8 May 2007

Langbjorn
Location: Vasternorrland
Operator: Vattenfall
Configuration: 2 X 50-MW Francis
Operation: 1959-1960
T/G supplier: Riva, Elin
Quick facts: This HPP iso on the Ångermanälven River between Näsåker and Junsele in Solleftea. Construction wokr began in 1956 after Lasele HPP was finished. Langbjorn was built with a realatively simpler design and interrior treatments than Vattenfall's earlier large-scale plants to save money and expedite construction.

Photograph courtesy of Vattenfall
Posted 27 Dec 2016

Laxede
Location: Norrbotten
Operator: Vattenfall
Configuration: 3 X 69 MW Kpalan
Operation: 1962-1986
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, ABB
Quick facts: This plant is on the Luleälv River.

Photograph courtesy of Vattenfall
Posted 28 Aug 2010

Matfors
Location: Vasternorrland
Operator: E.ON Sverige AB
Configuration: 1 X 21 MW
Operation: 1983
T/G supplier: Kvaerner

Photograph by Gunnar Almberg and courtesy of Sydkraft AB
Posted 18 Apr 2004

Namforsen
Location: Vasternorrland
Operator: Vattenfall
Configuration: 3 X 28 MW, 1 X 60 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1946-1973-1960
T/G supplier: KMW, Kvaerner, Asea
Quick facts: Nämforsen was Vattenfall’s first power plant on the Ångermanälven River and is about 5km downstream of its confluence with the Fjällsjöälven River. One of northern Europe’s largest areas of rock carvings, with about 2,300 figures is located close to the plant. and this caused some dealy in plant design and construction.

Photograph courtesy of Vattenfall
Posted 27 Dec 2016

Porjus Nya
Location: Norrbotten
Operator: Vattenfall
Configuration: 2 X 250 MW
Operation: 1978-1982
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, ABB
Quick facts: The first hydro power plant at Porjus on the northern Luleälv River was built in 1910 to supply power for mining activities in Norrbotten and railway electrification. At the time, the area was barely mapped, and materials and supplies had to be transported across 55km of wilderness from Gällivare. Between 1910 and 1925, as many as a 1,000 people worked at Porjus.

Photograph courtesy of Vattenfall
Posted 2 Nov 2003

Rundbacken
Location: Vasternorrland
Operator: E.ON Sverige AB
Configuration: 2.5 MW
Operation: 1915-1924
T/G supplier: KMW

Photograph and copyright by John Eklund (www.elmuseum.se)
Posted 1 Jan 2007

Stornorrfors
Location: Vasterbotten
Operator: Vattenfall
Configuration: 3 X 131 MW, 1 X 187 MW Francis
Operation: 1962-1986
T/G supplier: Nohab, Kvaerner, ASEA
Quick facts: At completion, the three 131-MW Nohab turbines with 5m stainless steel runners were the most powerful Francis machines in the world.

Photograph by Tage Olsin
Posted 26 Feb 2006

 
Umluspen
Location: Vasterbotten
Operator: Vattenfall
Configuration: 2 X 47.5 Kaplan
Operation: 1957
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, ABB
Quick facts: This power station is in Storuman in Lappland, about 300km from Östersund. In 2012, Andritz was contracted for two new oil-free self-lubricated Kaplan runners, plus generator work including new windings, new cores, a new pressure system, new key bars and a new cooling system.

Photograph courtesy of Andritz
Posted 23 Mar 2013

Vargon
Location: Norbotten
Operator: Vattenfall AB
Configuration: 2 X 15.5 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1931
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, ASEA
Quick facts: Officially opened by King Gustav V in 1934. Across the river from the Vargon alloy works.

Photograph courtesy of Tubaist  (wikimedia)
Posted 6 Mar 2007

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 19-Jul-2017

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