Planning for Finland's largest offshore wind farm is almost complete

FINLAND: PVO Innopower Oy's (PVOIOY) ambitious plan to build Finland's biggest offshore wind farm in the west of the country at Kristiinankaupunki has reached an advanced stage in the planning process, the company has confirmed.

PVOIOY plans 240 to 400-MW wind farm in Kristiinankaupunki, south west Finland
PVOIOY plans 240 to 400-MW wind farm in Kristiinankaupunki, south west Finland

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The scale of the project is significant by Finnish standards. PVOIOY is proposing to erect eighty 3 to 5-MW windmills at Kristiinankaupunki, with a potential installed capacity of between 240 to 400-MW.

"The planning process is advanced, and the environment impact studies are being considered. We do not have a clear idea of how long the process will last, but an investment decision will not be taken until the process concludes," said company spokeswoman Hannele Kukka.
The Finnish government's wind-power development strategy aims to add an average of 200-MW of capacity a year to achieve its target for 2,000-MW of wind-capacity by 2020. Its success is dependent on mega-projects such as Kristiinankaupunki proceeding to their start-up stage.
The Kristiinankaupunki project, if realised in the expected timeframe of 2010/2011, would similarly help the government reach its target to have upto 500 MW of windpower capacity in place by 2012.

However, PVO-Innopower envisages that the project will be realised over a period of two to three years, rather than a complete roll-out in the same year. 
Kristiinankaupunki is 10km from the south west mainland town of Närpiö. Under the planning proposal, the windmills would be built in waters up to 10 metres deep. The distance between individual plants is estimated at between 500 to 600 metres.

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