Siemens announced its offshore wind order from Finland.
As per the order, Siemens will supply, install and commission 10 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 4 megawatts and a rotor diameter of 130 meters, for the Tahkoluoto offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea.
The first offshore wind order in Finland is from Suomen Hyotytuuli Oy, a wind power producer owned by eight Finnish utilities, headquartered in Pori.
The company will start installation of the wind turbines in the summer of 2017. The operations are expected to start by autumn 2017.
The capacity of the offshore wind project is 40 megawatts with an annual net power production of over 155 Gigawatt hours. The offshore wind power plant will generate enough power to supply 8,600 electrically heated Finnish single-family houses with clean energy.
“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 Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division.
The location of the Tahkoluoto offshore wind farm is approx. 0.5 to 3 kilometers from shore in water from 8 to 15 meters deep. The company will mount the wind turbines on specially designed, gravity-based steel foundations in order to withstand heavy ice loading. The Finland government is contributing EUR 20 million toward the demonstration project in icing conditions.
In 2010, Siemens supplied one wind turbine with a capacity of 2.3 megawatts to Suomen Hyotytuuli Oy for the Pori pilot project, located 1.2 km off the Finnish coast. This pilot turbine will be surrounded by the 10 wind turbines of the Tahkoluoto wind farm.
Siemens has installed more than 5.8 gigawatts of offshore wind power capacity worldwide, with two gigawatts commissioned in the last fiscal year.