Turbine installation on the rocks

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Venturing into wind development, Varpo Oy, a company of diversified interests, has installed three NEG Micon 750 kW turbines "on the rocks" in the Baltic Sea. The Kuvaniemi wind project is located on a rocky outcrop 700 metres off the coast, 35 kilometres south of Kemi in northern Finland. The turbines are arranged in a triangle 150 metres apart. They were installed from a barge using an ordinary mobile crane, reports Varpo Oy. The plant is calculated to produce some 4.5 GWh a year for the company, which works with forestry, pit mining and biomass. The project was realised quickly -- the idea was first discussed in February, a decision was made in June, and by the end of October the turbines were installed. The cable connecting the turbines to the mainland has a capacity for several more turbines, giving the company the option to expand the project in coming years.

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