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Seitenoikea was the third hydroelectric power plant built on the River Emäjoki. The facility, designed by Aarne Ervi, was built in three years.

Pyhännänkoski Aittokoski


Construction of Seitenoikea started in late 1958. Preparatory works included construction of temporary housing, service buildings and roads. The project started to move faster in 1959, after workforce and machines became available from other construction sites. At the end of the year, water could be released through the flood gate. Machinery was ordered from Finnish companies. The turbine from Tampella and generator from Strömberg.[1]

Earth fill dams were completed during 1960 and water could be raised to the forebay in the spring of 1961. The forebay forms a large lake upstream of the power plant, so trees and bushes were cut down from the area before the water was released to the bay. The concrete framed power house was built at the same time and the whole power plant was finished in summer of 1961. Machinery was connected to the power grid on 8 June 1961. Seitenoikea produced 38 MW of power. Dredging works continued for three more years, which gave the power plant more head.[2]

[1] Mauri Kuuskoski, Pekka Salminen, Jouko Vahtola, Paavo Vasala. Vesivoimaa Oulujoesta 50 vuotta: sähkölla eteenpäin. Oulu: Oulujoki Oy, 1991, 50-51

[2] Ibid, 51


Technical information

Owner: Fortum Power and Heat 

Built: 1958-1961 

Designer: Aarne Ervi, architect  

Capacity:  38 MW, head 15.6 m 

Power house: In-situ concrete frame, metal sheeting 

Special features: Plain exterior, trees cut down from the residential area

Protection status: Classified as RKY (Nationally significant built cultural environment – RKY 2009: Hydropower plants on the River Oulujoki and Sotkamo Route) [3]

[3] Veli-Pekka Huhmo. Oulujoen vesistön voimalaitosarkkitehtuuria. Oulu: Humanpolis Oy, 2017, 81


Residential area

Seitenoikea has a small residential area with wooden rowhouses and detached houses.


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