Nordex to supply merchant Finnish cluster

FINLAND: Nordex will supply 25 turbines for four projects that developer OX2 claims is, together, the largest subsidy-free wind cluster in the Nordic region.

Nordex installed the first of two N149/4.0-4.5 prototypes in late August
Nordex installed the first of two N149/4.0-4.5 prototypes in late August

It will provide 25 of its N149/4.0-4.5 turbines for sites in western Finland that have a combined capacity of 107.4MW.

Ikea Retail Finland, part of the Ingka group, the holding company that controls most of Ikea’s stores, is funding the construction.

It plans to buy the projects when they are operational in the first quarter of 2020.

OX2’s projects are:

  • The seven-turbine Långmossa;
  • The five-turbine Ribäcken;
  • The seven-turbine Ponsivuori, where turbines will be equipped with an anti-icing system;
  • And the six-turbine Verhonkulma.

The sites have average annual wind speeds between 6.9 and 7.2m/s, OX2 stated.

Nordex’s chief sales officer, Patxi Landa, said the projects being built without subsidy vindicated the manufacturer’s efforts to reduce production costs when developing the N149/4.0-4.5.

The manufacturer first unveiled the turbine in September 2017 and gave Windpower Monthly exclusive access when it installed the first prototype in August 2018.

The order from OX2 is Nordex’s second in Finland for its new N149/4.0-4.5 model. It will also provide turbines for a 81MW wind farm that will power a Google data centre.

In May, local developer TuuliWatti made a final investment decision on a 21MW project in west Finland, which was due to be the first to be built without government support. It is using Vestas V150-4.2MW turbines. 

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