Kokkola in talks for new Finnish wind plant

The City of Kokkola on Finland's mid-west coast is holding talks with the power groups EPV Energia and Pohjolan Voima Oy (PVO) over the possible re-designation of municipal land to allow the construction of up to five 3-5MW wind turbines in 2010-2011.

An Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) conducted by Kokkola in 2009 identified several sites deemed suitable for the building and operation of wind projects.

The city authority is to carry out wind measurement tests in the assigned areas during the first half of 2010. Kokkola's EAR identified three chief areas suitable for building wind farms, each comprising a maximum of five turbines. Moreover, the authority has reserved industrial space near the Ykspihlaja Business Park for the construction of a turbine components factory.

PVO-Innopower is already present in Kokkola. The company erected two 1MW turbines, delivered by WinWinD, at Ykspihlaja in 2002/2003.

"We want to promote Kokkola not just as a location to build wind plants, but also as a location to manufacture parts and components used in wind turbines," says Jarmo Nissi, the City of Kokkola's business development director.

"We are hopeful PVO-Innopower will expand its presence here. EPV Energia has plans to erect an initial two 3-3.6MW turbines in Kokkola, says Nissi. Kokkola is also talking to Mervento, a Finnish wind turbine components producer, which is looking to have its own nacelle assembly factory in place by year-end 2010.

Part owned by EPV Energia, Mervento also plans to begin volume series manufacturing of its new 0-series direct-drive, multi-megawatt turbine in 2012. The company is expected to locate its production in the Kokkola/Vasa region.

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