East meets west in Scandinavia

SWEDEN: Unlike its neighbour Denmark, Sweden is not often considered one of the boundary pushers of the wind industry, but with the completion of its latest, and largest project, it has broken new ground.

(pic: Fortum)
(pic: Fortum)

The fourth phase of the 274.5MW Blaiken onshore wind project in Sweden was completed in August. Developed in partnership by local utility Skelleftea Kraft and Finnish firm Fortum, the site is among the largest in Europe, and definitely the largest in Sweden.

It is Fortum's first large-scale wind project and is situated inside the Arctic Circle, with all of the associated challenges in terms of weather conditions.

It also partners established Nordex turbines in the first two phases, with machines supplied by Chinese manufacturer Dongfang in stages three and four, in a rare case of Chinese-made products at a European project. Both sets of turbine models can been seen side-by-side in this panorama.

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