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Boden Hydro Power Station was built in 1967–1972. Since it is situated by the town of Boden, it was built without the problems that plagued many of the other sites at the river Lule älv, i.e., isolation, long distances and winter storms. The majority of the construction workers lived in the town of Boden, and at the peak of the construction period 200 people were employed at the site. The station incorporates Kaplan turbines. The power station’s head (drop) is 13 metres.

Construction characteristics

The construction of the Boden facility marked a step towards a more industrialised concept of construction. A lot of the building materials used were prefabricated and the concrete work was made easier by the use of plasticised plywood sheets. These required less cleaning and could be re-used several times. Another first during the construction of Boden Hydro Power Station was the fact that it was the first building site where both blue-collar and white-collar workers had to report their working hours.

As part of Vattenfall’s programme for hydro power, the safety in the Boden facility was increased during 2006–2007. The dam was reinforced to be able to handle extreme water flows, which are expected to occur once every 10,000 years. As part of this reinforcement, the dam crest was raised by 1.8 metres.

Characteristics about the river Lule älv

Hydro power is a reliable, safe and renewable source of energy. Today, hydro power accounts for nearly half of Sweden’s total electricity demand. The river Lule älv, by which Boden is located, is Vattenfall’s and Sweden’s most important river for hydro power generation.

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