Published on January 31st, 2013 | by Anneli Hidalgo0
New wind power projects in Finland
The Finnish wind power sector is getting a boost as several new wind parks, wind farms and wind turbine factories are being built in Finland in the near future.
The Finnish wind power company TuuliWatti Oy, jointly owned by energy company St1 and SOK, will construct Finland’s largest wind park near Pori in western Finland. The wind park will require an investment of EUR 75 million. It will have 12 wind turbines, each producing 4.5 MW of electricity. The wind park will produce 175,000 MWh of electricity each year. The first wind turbines will be operational before the end of 2013 and the entire project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014.
TuuliWatti also has several other wind power projects underway in the region. When the project is completed the estimated annual production of 500,000 MWh will, according Jari Suominen, TuuliWatti’s CEO, be about 8 percent of Finland’s national wind power target for the year 2020.
Finnish-Dutch partnership plans wind turbine factory
Dutch wind turbine manufacturer Lagerwey has entered into partnership with the Finnish company Kaskisten Tuulivoima Oy. The plan is to build a wind turbine factory in the Suupohja region of western Finland, expected to start production in early 2014.
The two partners are setting up a joint company to develop wind energy projects and the sales of wind turbines. With the setup of Lagerwey Finland Oy together with Kaskisten Tuulivoima Oy, the Dutch company hopes to create a solid foothold in the Finnish market. The goal is to “prove the strength of our product and organization, and to show how we distinguish ourselves in this competitive market,” said Lagerwey’s Sales Manager Ard de Poot.
In December last year, the new company received its first order. The Lagerwey L100-2.5MW is the first wind turbine which will be installed near to Teuva in western Finland in the late summer of 2013.
“We are ready for the Finnish market and we firmly believe that the cutting edge technology we provide and the cost effective high tower solution we offer will find its way here where high quality and excellent life cycle price-performance levels are required,” says Aart van de Pol, director of Lagerwey.
Wind farm in the South-east
Ilmatar, a Finnish wind power developer and wind power producer, is planning a wind farm at Mäyränmäki on the border of Hamina and Kotka in south-eastern Finland. The wind farm will consist of 40 turbines up to 6 MW each, producing up to 240 MW of power. The wind farm is being developed and the production will be overseen by the local Ilmatar subsidiary Ilmatar Hamina Ltd. Ilmatar is aiming to build 100 new wind turbines in Finland by the end of 2015. The combined nominal capacity of the wind turbines will add up to approximately 300 MW.