Energy agency pledges SEK 7 million to Seskarö island project

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Swedish energy agency STEM has pledged almost SEK 7 million to the installation of a new wind farm on the island of Seskarö, close to the Finnish border. Construction of the five turbine plant in the Haparanda district will be carried out by Nordex's Swedish subsidiary, based in nearby Kalix. The company has not yet set a date for construction to begin, but Nordex's Michael Henriksson is confident that once the final investment has been secured, work can begin in the next couple of months, with production to kick off around the turn of the year. Should it go ahead, environmental approvals will limit the installed power to 1.5 MW for each turbine. STEM's contribution represents around 10% of the total investment in the project. Although the balance is yet to be secured, Henriksson says there has been significant interest from prospective investors and is confident that the project will go ahead according to the provisional timetable. The money from the Swedish government falls in line with its 1997 short-term plan to increase wind generated electricity in Sweden by 0.5 TWh. The latest contribution brings the total increase over the five year period to 0.689 TWh, says STEM's Gunnar Lundström. The turbines for the new plant will have a rotor diameter of 70 metres with Nordex expecting an annual electricity production of some 18,000 MWh.

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