Sweco chosen for unique dam structure in Kiruna
Sweco has been selected to develop a technical solution for a new dam on an industrial site for LKAB’s mining operations in Kiruna. The contract is worth nearly EUR 980,000.
“Sweco has more than 100 years of experience of working with hydropower and dam projects both in Sweden and abroad. In recent years these operations have grown dramatically, not least in the dam safety area, where we are seeing an urgent need in the market,” says Eva Nygren, President of Sweco Sweden. The dam structure, which is the first of its kind in Sweden, will be placed within an existing dam system that will remain full operation throughout the construction phase – a unique solution that places stringent demands on technical expertise. As a consequence of the local mining operations, Kiruna’s urban landscape is undergoing major changes such as the building of a new railway bypass around the city centre. The aim of the dam structure is to make room for the tracks and screen off industrial activities from the railway area. Aside from a dam engineering solution, Sweco’s assignment includes preparation of tender documents for procurement of contractors and building documents for the construction phase.