TuuliWatti Oy has placed a 99MW order with Vestas for two projects in Finland using V126-3.3 MW turbines and the new Large Diameter Steel Tower technology.
Vestas has received its largest ever order in Finland with a 99 MW order from leading Finnish developer TuuliWatti Oy. The order consists of two projects utilising V126-3.3 MW turbines and featuring Vestas’ Large Diameter Steel Towers (LDST), which allows for taller hub heights and therefore greater annual energy production at low wind speeds.
The order comprises the 73 MW Kalajoki project, which will be the first large-scale wind power plant in Finland. Delivery of the turbines will begin in the fourth quarter of 2014 and the project is expected to be completed in Q3 2015.
Delivery of the 26 MW Siikainen project will begin in Q3 2014 and is expected to be completed in Q1 2015. Both projects include a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system and a five-year Active Management Output (AOM) 5000 service agreement with options for two additional extensions of five years.
Jari Suominen, Managing Director of TuuliWatti Oy, notes, “Technical development of industrial wind power is fast and it is very important to us to ensure that we have the cutting edge technology available for our needs through our partners. We are pleased to strengthen our good partnership with Vestas with these large-scale wind power projects.”
“Vestas is extremely pleased that TuuliWatti Oy has chosen us to partner with them to develop Finland’s largest wind power plant,” says Klaus Steen Mortensen, President of Vestas Northern Europe. “Finland is an increasingly important market and Vestas’ ability to offer leading technology solutions such as the V126-3.3 MW and the LDST provides our customers with a competitive value proposition for generating more energy on low wind sites.”
Generating more revenue from low wind sites
The two projects feature the V126-3.3 MW, which can produce up to 20% more power compared to the V112-3.0 MW on a site with average wind speeds of 6.5 m/s. The towers for the projects will be the recently launched Large Diameter Steel Towers, (LDST), a Vestas-patented concept that features a special wider diameter lower section of the tower, resulting in increased strength without adding extra steel. Therefore Vestas can provide higher towers to customers to optimise power generation at low wind speed sites for the V117-3.3 MW and V126-3.3 MW.
TuuliWatti Oy is the leading operator in industrial wind power in Finland. It is a company established in 2009 as a joint venture between St1 and S Group. St1 is a Finnish energy company whose vision is to be the leading producer and seller of CO2-aware energy. The company researches and develops economically viable and environmentally sustainable energy solutions. S Group consists of cooperatives as well as SOK and its subsidiaries. It is a network of companies in the retail and service trades comprising over 1,600 outlets in Finland, which also places the corporation among the top ten electricity consumers in the country. TuuliWatti aims to develop and construct significant onshore wind power capacity in Finland in the next coming years. Please visit www.tuuliwatti.fi.
Every single day, Vestas wind turbines deliver clean energy that supports the global fight against climate change. Wind power from Vestas’ more than 51,000 wind turbines currently reduces carbon emissions by over 60 million tons of CO2 every year, while at the same time building energy security and independence.
Vestas has delivered wind energy in 73 countries, providing jobs for around 16,000 passionate people at our service and project sites, research facilities, factories and offices all over the world. With 62 per cent more megawatts installed than our closest competitor and more than 60 GW of cumulative installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is the world leader in wind energy.
Vestas has installed approximately 25% of Finland’s total installed capacity, and close to 50% of the country’s wind installations in 2013.