FSP IS RENOVATING THE OUNASKOSKI RAIL BRIDGE IN ROVANIEMI
The renovation project on Rovaniemi’s Ounaskoski rail bridge has begun. For FSP Finnish Steel Painting, responsible for surface treatment work, this marks an extremely important contract. FSP’s ambition is to restore the bridge to perfect condition, following strict quality and environmental requirements.
The project’s contracting authorities are the Finnish Transport Agency and the City of Rovaniemi. The main contractor, Destia Rail, organized a tendering process for those parts of the project that fall outside its core business. At the end of a long process, FSP was awarded the surface treatment work, including the erection of necessary scaffolding.
The project is estimated to take eight months, or 17,000 person-hours. As such it is the largest-scale project FSP has undertaken in years.
THE ENVIRONMENT COMPREHENSIVELY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT
A large-scale project comes with strict requirements.
– The project progresses as follows: First, scaffolding will be erected around the segment of the bridge on which surface treatment work is to be carried out, and the segment will be covered with protective sheeting. The sheeting will ensure that the effects of shot blasting and painting work on the environment are minimized, and that residual dust from shot blasting can be collected and transported to a waste recycling plant, says FSP Business Unit Manager Henri Kiminki.
– When scaffolding is in place, salts and other impurities are removed before shot blasting. Once the blasting is completed, the bridge receives four layers of paint, which protect it from corrosion in the long term and give it a pleasant appearance.
Environmental protection and quality requirements take centre stage in the project, which also pays close attention to noise pollution.
– The project began from central Rovaniemi, where noise pollution can be a problem, but will become less so as the project moves further away, Kiminki explains.
THE RENOVATION PROJECT IS OFF TO A GOOD START
– The project has kicked off well despite the exceptionally challenging conditions. As the project began, the temperatures outside could reach -20 degrees Celsius, which was an extra challenge for the equipment, personnel and the surface treatment work itself. As we move into the spring, conditions will become more forgiving and more personnel can be added to the project.
FSP is familiar with Rovaniemi’s other bridges, too, as it carried out surface treatment on the Jätkänkynttilä cable-stayed bridge in summer 2011.
FSP, Business Unit Manager Mr Henri Kiminki
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