Security service provider Securitas is one of the most clearly visible companies operating at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site. The company’s colors and logo can be seen on signs and in the uniforms of security guards.
Petri Korpela, Site Manager at Securitas, diligently watches over the Hanhikivi 1 construction site and the activities there. He manages and instructs the Securitas supervisors, control room operators, site guards, security guards, and authorization management clerks who work in shifts at the construction site.
“The construction site is constantly changing, which is why it is important to ensure that all the parties are aware of the current instructions and practices,” Korpela says.
Korpela is a fairly new employee: he started in his position last spring. He says that his first impressions are highly positive.
“I was well received. I always get help when I need it, and the team spirit is excellent.”
Cooperation with all the parties active at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site
The cooperation between Securitas and Fennovoima started in 2009 when Securitas became the security service provider for Fennovoima’s head office in Helsinki.
The service contract on the security services for the Hanhikivi 1 construction site was signed in 2016. At the Hanhikivi 1 construction site, Securitas operates in the Fennovoima construction site area and the construction site area of the plant supplier, RAOS Project, as well as provides administrative services at the Fennovoima permit office. The company also cooperates with the subcontractors working at the construction site.
“We are proud to be able to secure the operations at the construction site,” says Jan Pilvi, Area Manager responsible for Northern Finland at Securitas.
Passionate employees providing security services
Securitas provides specialized security services in almost all industries in Finland. The company has previous experience from the provision of security services in the nuclear industry – also at operating power plants.
“The construction site is constantly changing, which is why it is important to ensure that all the parties are aware of the current instructions and practices.”
According to Pilvi, motivated employees form the core of Securitas’ services. They are proud of their work, and their attitude is highly passionate. The utilization of security systems, data control, and efficient reporting are key parts of security services. At the Hanhikivi 1 construction site, this means technical surveillance and comprehensive reporting. The site’s security operations can be developed together on the basis of the data.
All the companies working on the Hanhikivi 1 project combat climate change and participate in the efforts aiming for a carbon-neutral Finland. The environment is also one of Securitas’ core values.
“We have introduced stricter emission limits for our vehicles every year,” Pilvi gives an example.
Securitas is a significant employer in Pyhäjoki
Securitas is the largest private employer in the municipality of Pyhäjoki. Just the Hanhikivi 1 construction site alone currently employs dozens of Securitas employees. Securitas employs almost 300 people in the Oulu-Kokkola region.
Requirements are stricter than normal when recruiting people for the Hanhikivi 1 construction site. The applicants are carefully vetted. A trained professional handles the recruitment process in Securitas. At the construction site, the employees are continuously provided training on their duties.
Pilvi says that plenty of security sector experts have been available for the Hanhikivi peninsula.
“Many of them stated that this is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity, and it is true that this is a unique job,” Pilvi says.
- Established in 1959 (as Suomen Teollisuuden Vartiointi Oy, STV). Renamed Securitas Oy after corporate restructuring in 1993.
- A security sector group with more than 150,000 customers worldwide. The parent company is listed on the Stockholm stock exchange.
- Finland’s leading security service company.
- Turnover: EUR 175 million.
- Employees in Finland: 3,700.
- Country president: Jarmo Mikkonen.