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When the actual construction of the power plant starts, Tiina Partanen will be working at Pyhäjoki, and her home will be in Raahe. Photo by Tiina Lämsä

Master of Science in Engineering with three homes

Few Finns have homes in three places. Tiina Partanen was intrigued by the interesting job and unique project, and having several homes is convenient for both her work and the leisure arrangements of her entire family.

You get used to everything, including travel, assures Tiina Partanen, Fennovoima's Turbine Island Director. Her home address is in Ylivieska, and her second home was completed in the summer of 2018 in Raahe. Furthermore, when working at the head office in Salmisaari, she stays at a rented apartment in Helsinki.

“We were naturally aware of the commuting challenges, but I was offered an opportunity to participate in a varied project that was professionally very attractive: an opportunity you only get once during your career.”

The interesting work makes her more energetic, and Partanen flexibly works at several locations.

“Many experts from abroad visit Salmisaari, such as representatives of the plant supplier RAOS Project and the turbine supplier GE Steam Power. I can arrange meetings with them during the weeks I’m in Helsinki. Naturally, it’s much easier to start a business trip abroad when you’re already in Helsinki. Otherwise, I work at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site or remotely.”

“We were looking for a place on the seashore along good transport connections to build our second home.”

Partanen, who has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and management, was hired by Fennovoima in 2015 to manage auxiliary systems of the nuclear power plant’s turbine island. Before Fennovoima, she worked in several projects for YIT and Caverion, in sales positions as well as with quality issues, most recently as a unit head in charge of a company’s engineering workshop services.

Last year, Partanen was given more responsibility: now she is in charge of the entire turbine island of the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant. Her team is part of Fennovoima’s Project Management organization.

The turbine island consists of around twenty large buildings, more than a hundred smaller buildings or technical structures, as well as around 200 systems. All of these combined will convert the steam generated in the reactor to electrical energy.

Living by the sea is nice

When the actual construction of the power plant starts, Partanen will be working at Pyhäjoki, and her home will be in Raahe. Partanen’s reconstituted family includes her husband, who was born in Helsinki, a daughter and two sons.

“The sea attracted us to Raahe. We were looking for a place on the seashore along good transport connections to build our second home. We like to go boating or canoeing to enjoy nature. The seaside is relaxing.”

Partanen finds both Raahe and Ylivieska towns of a suitable size. All of your daily services are within a short biking distance, which makes your everyday life easier.

Friendships endured

Partanen says that living in several places offers a lot to all of her family members. In Ylivieska and Raahe, they enjoy the hassle-free moving about and summertime events. Sometimes the entire family goes to spend some of their free time in Helsinki.

“I’ve learned that home is a state of mind. It’s a feeling that everything is fine instead of the walls that surround you.”

Many people might be hesitant about moving for work because of the fear of losing touch with their friends. Partanen says that in their case this fear was groundless.

“When travelling between Helsinki and the construction site, I can work, talk on the phone with friends and family, read a good book, or sleep.

“Furthermore, we have regular visits from friends and family. Finland is not that big of a country after all,” she says.

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