Siemens has been awarded the contract to supply wind turbines to the first offshore wind farm in Finland.
“This order marks a significant milestone for Siemens,” said Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “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.”
Siemens will supply, install, and commission ten 4 MW wind turbines to the Tahkoluoto offshore wind farm being developed in the Baltic Sea, on order from wind power producer Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, a company owned by eight Finnish utilities.
Installation of the wind turbines is expected to begin in the summer of 2017, with the start of operations expected by autumn 2017. Upon completion, the Tahkoluoto offshore wind farm will generate over 155 GWh of electricity annually, supplying enough electricity for 8,600 electrically heated Finnish single-family houses.
Located approximately 0.5 to 3 kilometers offshore in the Baltic Sea, the turbines are to be installed upon specially designed, gravity-based steel foundations so as to prepare the turbines to cope with heavy ice loading in the chilly northern latitudes.
“The conditions for offshore wind power are excellent in Finland,” said Toni Sulameri, the Managing Director of Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy. ‘We have a long coastline, windy conditions, shallow waters, and a hard seafloor.”