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Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy to develop a 40 MW offshore wind farm in Finland

Finland-based offshore wind energy developer, Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, is going to develop a 40 MW wind farm the Gulf of Bothnia. 

Located in the Baltic sea, the €120 million project will be the world’s first offshore wind farm optimised to survive the rugged and icy conditions. 
Siemens AG will supply and install ten 4 MW offshore wind turbines, while the contract to supply gravity-based steel foundations has been granted to Technip Offshore Finland and ABB will be in-charge of the substation and main transformers. 

Mr. Toni Sulameri, the Managing Director of Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, said “The construction expenses are nearly double the expenses required for onshore wind power, in particular due to the undersea foundations and cablings. The demonstration project at Tahkoluoto is used to determine a cost-efficient way of building wind power in Finnish conditions: the developing and growing business has room for new export products to lower the level of costs.” 

“This order marks a significant milestone for Siemens. The project is not only the first offshore wind farm in Finland, but will also be used by the Finnish government to demonstrate that offshore wind power is a feasible solution for this area,” said Mr. Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. 

The Finnish government aims to achieve a 38% share of energy from renewable sources in gross final consumption of energy by 2020.