Siemens has been named the supplier of an offshore wind farm in Finland after a successful pilot project that began in 2010. The customer is a wind power producer called Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, which is owned by 8 Finnish utilities.
The order includes 10 wind turbines at 4MW each, with a rotor diameter of 130m for the Tahkoluoto wind farm located 0.5-3.0km from the Baltic Sea shoreline. Construction and installation is scheduled to begin the summer of 2017, and operational by fall of the same year.
The total installed capacity for the offshore wind farm is 40MW, with an annual net power production of 155 GWh. The amount of electricity generated will be enough to power 8,600 Finnish households.
CEO Offshore of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, Michael Hannibal said:
“This order marks a significant milestone for Siemens. The project is not only the first offshore wind farm in Finland, but will also be used by the Finnish government to demonstrate that offshore wind power is a feasible solution for this area. This project is attracting a great deal of attention throughout the entire Baltic region, and will open doors for Siemens in the emerging offshore markets in this region.”
The Managing Director of Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, Toni Sulameri, said, “”The conditions for offshore wind power are excellent in Finland. We have a long coastline, windy conditions, shallow waters, and a hard seafloor.”