Relatively good year for Finland

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By its modest standards, Finnish wind power had a record year in 2007, installing 24 MW in four projects and pushing the country's capacity past the 100 MW mark to 110 MW. The new turbines were largely added in the second half of the year, the biggest being installation of three Finnish Winwind 2 MW units in the Dragsfjärd bay area by PVO-Innopower and six Enercon 2.3 MW units in Lemland by Ålands Vindergi. Finnish wind generation amounted to 190 GWh in 2007, or about 0.2 % of the country's electricity, reports research institute VTT.

Activity last year included erection of two further Winwind 3 MW turbines in PVO-Innopower's near-shore wind plant at Kemi Ajos harbour on the west coast, bringing the total to five. A further five are going up this year. The EUR 30 million, 30 MW project is being built on man-made islands close to shore.

Another adventurous project, this time in choice of technology rather than location, was completed by Via-Wind. It commissioned three 2 MW turbines at Högsåra supplied by Dutch company Harakosan through Finnish agent Hafmex Windforce.

A number of medium-sized projects are being planned. These include four 3 MW turbines destined for Pori for motor fuels retailing group ST1, with commissioning expected this year. ST1 is also engaged in a joint venture with Kansallistuuli, the Turku-based energy distribution company, to develop a 20 MW wind project in the Loviisa Hastholmen district, southern Finland. The EUR 22.4 million project, consisting of eight 2.5 MW turbines, is due to be commissioned in 2009/2010. Other projects at the planning stage include PVO Innopower's plans for 6 MW at Oulunsalo Riutunkari and 15 MW at Kemi, using 3 MW turbines.

If all the planned projects are completed on schedule, including the Kemi Ajos harbour development, Finland could add as much as 40 MW of wind power in 2008.

The Finnish offshore resource is not going unnoticed. Veteran German developer WPD has early plans for a 500-600 MW facility of 100- 120 turbines off the town of Korsnäs on the Finnish west coast. The project is at the environmental impact assessment stage. WPD is also studying the feasibility of 400 MW off Suurhiekka on Finland's south-west coast. The projects are five years and more away from commissioning.

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