Fortum to join giant Swedish wind power plant

Finnish wind energy company Fortum made a statement on Wednesday that it is to buy 40 per cent of the Blaiken wind farm which is to be built in northern Sweden. The other owner is Swedish energy firm Skellefteå Kraft.

Blaiken is to become one of Europe’s largest wind farms built on land. The wind farm is to consist of as many as 100 wind turbines and the combined total output from the wind power generators is to be 250 megawatts. The estimated annual output is 600-720 gigawatt hours, which corresponds to the yearly electricity consumption of 150 000 households.

The construction of the wind farm is to start next year and is expected to be completed in 2015. The costs of the wind energy project are expected to rise to 400 million euros at the most, of which Fortum is to cover 40 per cent.