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22.12.2015 11:41

KONE to deliver passenger elevator to reach 400m deep underground nuclear waste storage in Finland

KONE Corporation, one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry, and Posiva, an expert in nuclear waste management, have signed a contract on the delivery of a passenger elevator for ONKALO, Posiva’s final disposal facility for spent nuclear fuel in Olkiluoto, western Finland. The engineering and manufacturing of the elevator, which will reach a depth of more than 400 meters, are major stages in the construction of the disposal facility. The passenger elevator will feature KONE’s innovative UltraRope® technology.

KONE will deliver the double deck elevator car for the passenger elevator. The elevator in KONE’s High-Rise Laboratory at the Tytyri mine in Lohja served as a model for the Posiva project. The delivery will also include an elevator for construction time use, enabling the installation of the final shaft equipment.

The passenger elevator will feature the KONE UltraRope™ technology, a high-rise elevator technology that is set to break industry limits and enable future elevator travel heights of 1 kilometer - twice the distance currently feasible. The KONE UltraRope technology eliminates the disadvantages of conventional steel rope and opens up a world of possibilities in high-rise building design.

“Posiva is the first company in the world to receive a construction licence for a final disposal facility of spent nuclear fuel. This is a unique project whose progress is being followed closely by other nuclear power nations around the world,” says Posiva’s President, Janne Mokka. “We are pleased that we can exploit Finnish expertise also in the elevator technology field. A passenger elevator for the final disposal facility is a very technologically demanding project. The quality and expertise of KONE’s elevator technology is world-class, which makes it an excellent fit for this underground facility.”

“We are extremely pleased to be part of this unique, technologically advanced project,” says Noud Veeger, Executive Vice President for KONE Central and North Europe. “ 

The elevator to be used during construction is expected to be ready in early 2019. The passenger elevator will be fully completed by the end of 2020 and taken into use at the start of 2021.

For further information, please contact:
Erkki Palonen, SVP, Project, Posiva Oy, tel. 050 380 8346
Liisa Kivelä, Director, Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 4330.

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