Under and above the ground, around the globe

In the 1990s, Lemminkäinen carried out projects around the world and, among other projects, built telecommunications networks in Europe, Asia and North and South America. 

Its subsidiary Lemcon managed the telecom networks and was in charge of the project management of large international construction projects.

In 1994, we had operations in 11 countries. Over half of our net sales came from foreign operations. In Sweden, we built what was at that time the longest railway tunnel in the country. It was the first of our many tunnel projects in Sweden. In Norway, we participated in Statoil’s oil tank project: we carried out quarrying and reinforcement work as well as underground construction.

In Russia, we started the construction of the art repository of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and were awarded new projects in the city during the decade.

Paving in the Baltic region

In the mid-1990s, we started to expand our asphalt business in the Baltic region. We invested in the paving business in Russia and began operations in Denmark and the Baltic countries. In 1994, we built the ring road in Tallinn, Estonia, and completed the renovation of the Finnish Embassy in Tallinn. We also carried out water supply construction projects in Estonia and Latvia.

The largest foreign projects in the 1990s were still in Central Europe, such as a multi-purpose hall in Hamburg and Stora Enso’s paper mill in Belgium. Nokia Corporation had factories and offices built in Finland and Germany.

Through acquisitions in Norway in 2000–2001, Lemminkäinen became the second-largest asphalt contractor in the Nordic countries. In the early 2000s, we carried out paving and road improvement projects also outside the Baltic countries, such as in Zambia. Nearly half of our paving business revenue came from abroad.

Major tunnel projects in Sweden continue

One of our most important export projects in the 2000s was the construction of the Botnia pulp mill in Uruguay.  Other major projects have included the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant, the railway tunnel at the Vuosaari Harbour, as well as airport paving projects in various locations from Siberia to Svalbard.

In 2004, we started a paper mill project in China, which was the 14th paper mill in the world to be constructed using Lemminkäinen’s project management model. 

In 2008, we were awarded the Ådalsbana tunnel follow-up contract in Sweden. We were already an established tunnel contractor in the country: it was our 14th tunnel contract. In that same year, we strengthened our mining contracting expertise by acquiring Tolarock Oy, a company specialised in mining contracting.

Special construction expertise increases