26.10.2010 12:00
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Fingrid's groups interim report 1 January - 30 September 2010

Review of operations

Power system operation

From July to September 2010, the electricity consumption in Finland totalled 18.5 terawatt hours (17.2 TWh during the corresponding period in 2009). A total of 15.0 TWh of electricity was transmitted in Fingrid’s grid during the same period, representing 81 per cent of the electricity consumption in Finland. Between January and September, the electricity consumption in Finland totalled 63.1 TWh (58.3 TWh), up by 8.2 per cent on the corresponding period in 2009.
 
Electricity transmissions between Finland and Sweden were dominated by exports from Finland to Sweden in the early part of the year, while imports from Sweden to Finland were in a majority from July onwards. Between July and September, 1.5 TWh of electricity was imported from Sweden to Finland (1.2 TWh), and 0.4 TWh (0.4 TWh) was exported from Finland to Sweden. Between January and September, 2.1 TWh of electricity was imported from Sweden to Finland (2.2 TWh), and 4 TWh (2.8 TWh) was exported from Finland to Sweden.
 
Electricity transmissions between Finland and Estonia were dominated by imports to Finland in the early part of the year. Since July, the transmissions have been dominated by exports from Finland to Estonia. The volume of electricity imported from Estonia from July to September was 0.2 TWh (0.2 TWh), and 0.2 TWh (0 TWh) was exported from Finland to Estonia between July and September. The volume of electricity imported from Estonia from January to September was 1.4 TWh (1.1 TWh), and 0.2 TWh (0.1 TWh) was exported from Finland to Estonia.
 
The full import capacity from Russia was in use during the review period. The annual maintenance of the direct current connection restricted the import capacity from Russia in July. Electricity imports from Russia to Finland between July and September were 2.3 TWh (2.5 TWh), and between January and September 8.3 TWh (8.6 TWh).
 
A report of the impact of increasing wind power capacity on the operation of the Nordic power system was completed in early September. The report states that an increase in the Nordic wind power capacity from the present level of approx. 5,000 megawatts to about 15,000-20,000 megawatts by 2020 can be controlled. However, wind power will call for various measures safeguarding the system security of the power system. The TSOs have made preparations for these measures.
 
The high-voltage transmission grid in Finland survived the summer storms with little damage. The Asta storm, which affected distribution networks in particular, caused tree faults on one Fingrid’s 110 kilovolt transmission line in South-Eastern Finland. A powerful storm caused blackouts of a few hours on Fingrid’s 110 kilovolt transmission lines in Häme in early August. Gas turbines had to be started after the Loviisa nuclear power plant had disconnected from the grid on 12 July. At the same time, electricity was imported from Sweden at the full volume. In mid-August, there were voltage drops in the grid in South-Western Finland, caused by connections made at a customer’s power plant.
 
Power system operation
1-9/10
1-9/09
7-9/10
7-9/09
Electricity consumption in Finland TWh
63.1
58.3
18.5
17.2
Fingrid's transmission volume TWh
49.8
45.6
15.0
13.9
Fingrid's loss energy volume TWh
0.9
0.7
0.2
0.2
Electricity transmissions Finland-Sweden
exports to Sweden TWh
4.0
2.8
0.4
0.4
imports from Sweden TWh
2.1
2.2
1.5
1.2
Electricity transmissions Finland-Estonia
exports to Estonia TWh
0.2
0.1
0.2
0.0
imports from Estonia TWh
1.4
1.1
0.2
0.2
Electricity transmissions Finland-Russia
imports from Russia TWh
8.3
8.6
2.3
2.5
Promotion of electricity market
 
The average price (system price) in Nord Pool’s spot market between July and September 2010 was 45.90 euros per megawatt hour (31.30 €/MWh during the corresponding period in 2009), and the area price for Finland was 47.70 €/MWh (35.60 €/MWh). Between January and September, the average price in Nord Pool’s spot market was 50.20 €/MWh (34.50 €/MWh), and the area price for Finland was 53.70 €/MWh (36.00 €/MWh).
 
Between January and September 2010, congestions in the transmission grid on the border between Finland and Sweden restricted electricity trade for 7.2 per cent of the time (5.1 per cent). Especially in the spring, there were situations where the transmission capacity from Finland to Sweden was inadequate. The congestions diminished in the late summer. Congestions in the transmission grid restricted electricity trade on the border between Finland and Estonia for 44.0 per cent of the time between April and September.
 
The congestion income on the border between Finland and Sweden, resulting from transmission congestions, totalled 7.9 million euros (0.9 million euros) between January and September. From April to September, the congestion income caused by transmission congestions on the border between Finland and Estonia totalled 6.5 million euros. Fingrid's portion of the congestion income between Finland and Estonia was 3.3 million euros, which Fingrid has paid in grid rent to the owners of the transmission connection.
 
The Nordic congestion income between January and September was 160.0 million euros (54.4 million euros). Most of the Nordic congestion income was created on the borders between the bidding areas of Southern Norway and Denmark.
 
Fingrid’s counter trade costs from January to September were approx. 0.1 million euros (0.6 million euros).
 
The full electricity transmission capacity of the Estlink 1 submarine cable between Finland and Estonia was made available to the Elspot market of the Nordic electricity exchange from 20 September 2010. Fingrid and the Estonian transmission system operator Elering rented 250 megawatts of the transmission capacity of the Estlink 1 connection in the spring, and also the remaining capacity of 100 megawatts. In other words, a total of 350 megawatts of transmission capacity between Estonia and Finland is now available to the electricity market. Moreover, Fingrid has made a capital investment decision on the construction of EstLink 2, the second direct current transmission link between Estonia and Finland. The capacity of the planned transmission link is 650 megawatts and the costs of the project total approx. 320 million euros.
 
Electricity market
1-9/10
1-9/09
7-9/10
7-9/09
NordPool system price, average €/MWh
50.2
34.5
45.9
31.3
Area price Finland, average €/MWh
53.7
36.0
47.7
35.6
Congestion income in the
Nordic countries million €
160.0
54.4
16.7
36.2
Congestion income between
Finland and Sweden million €
7.9
0.9
2.2
0.4
Congestion hours between
Finland and Sweden %
7.2
5.1
1.1
3.7
Fingrid's share of the congestion
income in the Nordic countries million €
7.9
3.7
1.3
2.4
Congestion income between Finland and Estonia
6.5
-
3.4
-
Congestion hours between Finland and Estonia %
44.4
-
24.9
-
Fingrid's share of the congestion income between Finland and Estonia*
3.3
-
1.7
-
* has been paid in grid rent to the owners of the transmission connection
 
Capital expenditure and grid maintenance
 
The Group’s gross capital expenditure between July and September was 24 million euros (35 million euros during the corresponding period in 2009). Gross capital expenditure between January and September totalled 87 million euros (88 million euros).
 
Fingrid is making significant capital investments in the grid in Finland and in cross-border connections in 2010. The renovation project of the Hikiä-Vanaja 110 kilovolt transmission line and a new 110 kV substation in Tampere at Multisilta were completed in the autumn.
 
At the end of September, Fingrid confirmed the construction of the EstLink 2 submarine cable between Finland and Estonia within an expedited schedule. In the spring, Fingrid announced that the building of the submarine cable is subject to the functioning of the Estonian electricity market and the subsidy of 100 million euros from the European Union for the project. Both of these conditions have been met, and the submarine cable of 320 million euros will be built in co-operation with the Estonian transmission system operator Elering. The new transmission link will raise the total electricity transmission capacity between the two countries to approx. 1,000 megawatts. The goal is that the new link will be brought to commercial operation at the beginning of 2014.
 
In July, the Finnish Government granted a land expropriation permit for the electricity transmission connection between Yllikkälä in Lappeenranta and Huutokoski in Joroinen in Eastern Finland. The new 400 kilovolt connection will be built parallel with existing power lines to increase the transmission capacity in South-Eastern Finland. The main contracts for the project were subjected to competitive bidding in the autumn, and the procurement decisions concerning the transmission line purchases and the Yllikkälä substation have been made. The transmission line is due to be ready in the spring of 2013.
 
Moreover, Fingrid has made the procurement decision concerning the supply of conductors for the transmission line projects of 2011 to 2012.
 
Other current affairs
 
In early September, Fingrid signed a contract with YIT Rakennus Oy concerning the building of Fingrid’s new headquarters in Käpylä in Helsinki. Fingrid’s facilities will cover about a half of the new building, the total area of which is 14,000 m2. The office building will be completed for Fingrid at the end of October 2012.
 
Financial result
 
The Group’s revenue from July to September was 86 million euros (71 million euros). The sales of balance power were 32 million euros (18 million euros during the corresponding period in 2009) and purchases of balance power 26 million euros (18 million euros). The IFRS profit/loss before taxes was 2 million euros (- 6 million euros) between July and September.
 
The Group’s revenue was 318 million euros (255 million euros) between January and September. The other operating income was 3 million euros (1 million euros).
 
Grid revenue grew from the previous year as a result of increased electricity consumption in the early part of 2010 and the 4.5 per cent raise in the grid tariff at the beginning of the year, to 147 million euros (131 million euros). Cross-border transmission income remained at the same level as in the previous year. Due to the high Nordic congestion income in the early part of the year, Fingrid’s congestion income grew by approx. 4 million euros on the previous year. The sales of balance power were 111 million euros (66 million euros) and purchases 96 million euros (61 million euros).
 
The high transmission losses in the Finnish grid in the early part of 2010 together with the high area price of electricity for Finland raised Fingrid’s loss energy costs by 10 million euros on the previous year. Both the maintenance management costs of the grid and the costs of the power system reserves were slightly higher than in 2009. Moreover, higher capital investments raised the amount of depreciation. Fingrid’s portion of the European inter-TSO compensations decreased slightly. The costs of the peak load reserve system and of the feed-in tariff for peat remained at the same level as in 2009.
 
Revenueand other operating income
1-9/10
1-9/09
7-9/10
7-9/09
Grid service revenue
147.3
130.7
35.8
32.2
Sales of balance power
110.8
66.4
31.7
18.3
Cross-border transmission
17.6
18.0
5.3
5.4
Nordic congestion income
7.9
3.7
1.3
2.4
Peak load reserve
11.5
9.4
3.4
3.0
ITC income
14.5
21.9
4.8
7.8
Feed-in tariff for peat
0.7
0.3
0.3
0.1
Other revenue
8.0
4.2
3.0
1.6
Other operating income
2.6
1.5
0.5
0.5
Revenue and other income total
320.9
255.9
86.1
71.3
 
Costs
1-9/10
1-9/09
7-9/10
7-9/09

Purchase of balance power
96.2
60.8
26.2
17.5

Purchase of loss energy
46.7
36.7
12.0
11.4
Depreciation
49.9
48.2
16.6
15.9
Reserves
16.0
15.7
5.2
5.9
Peak load reserve
9.6
9.9
3.1
3.1
Personnel
14.1
14.1
4.0
3.9
Maintenance management
12.8
12.3
3.7
4.7
ITC charges
7.4
11.9
3.0
3.4
Feed-in tariff for peat
0.6
0.2
0.2
0.1
Other costs
17.9
13.6
6.8
4.3
Costs total
271.2
223.4
80.8
70.0
The operating profit between January and September was 51 million euros (35 million euros), which contains 2 million euros (2 million euros) of positive change in the fair value of electricity derivatives. The profit before taxes was 42 million euros (20 million euros), and the total comprehensive income was 39 million euros (11 million euros). The equity ratio was 28.3 per cent (26.4 per cent) at the end of the review period.
 
The Group’s income flow is characterised by seasonal fluctuations, which is why the financial result for the entire year cannot be directly estimated on the basis of the nine-month result.
 
Financing
 
The financial position of the Group continued to be satisfactory. The net financial costs of the Group between July and September were 2 million euros (-6 million euros). The net financial costs between January and September were -10 million euros (-15 million euros). Financial assets recognised at fair value in the income statement, and cash and cash equivalents amounted to 202 million euros (204 million euros) at 30 September 2010. The interest-bearing liabilities, including derivative liabilities, totalled 1,041 million euros (977 million euros), of which 697 million euros (627 million euros) were long-term and 344 million euros (350 million euros) were short-term.
 
The counterparty risk involved in the derivative contracts relating to financing was 51 million euros. The company has an undrawn revolving credit facility of 250 million euros.
 
Two international rating agencies updated Fingrid Oyj’s credit ratings during the review period. On 9 August, Fitch Ratings downgraded Fingrid’s long-term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to 'A+'. Fitch Ratings assigned Fingrid’s senior unsecured debt the rating 'AA-'. Fingrid’s short-term IDR was downgraded to 'F1'. The company’s outlook was rated as negative.
 
Standard & Poor’s Rating Services (S&P) updated Fingrid Oyj’s credit ratings on 21 September. The credit ratings remained unchanged. The long-term credit rating is 'A+' and the short-term rating is 'A-1'. The outlook is stable.
 
Personnel
 
The total personnel of the Fingrid Group averaged 261 (250) during the review period.
 
Auditing
 
The consolidated figures in this Interim Report are unaudited.
 
Outlook for the remaining part of the year
 
The profit of the Fingrid Group for the entire year without the change in the fair value of derivatives is expected to improve from 2009.
 
Board of Directors
 
Appendices: Tables for the interim report 1 January - 30 September 2010
 
Further information:
Jukka Ruusunen, President & CEO, +358 (0)30 395 5140 or +358 (0)40 593 8428
Tom Pippingsköld, CFO, +358 (0)30 395 5157 or +358 (0)40 519 5041