Finnish project designed to withstand winter sea ice officially opened
Tahkoluoto is Finland’s first offshore wind farm built on offshore foundations.
Suomen Hyötytuuli has made substantial investments in the development of offshore wind power, and in 2010 built Finland’s first offshore turbine on offshore foundations outside Tahkoluoto in Pori.
With the turbines that had their take-over yesterday and with offshore wind power’s demonstration project, Suomen Hyötytuuli and its partners have significantly increased offshore wind power knowledge in the Baltic Sea and enabled offshore energy production on an industrial scale.
The preparation for the Tahkoluoto wind farm began when the pilot turbine was finished in 2010, so the project has been in development for a long time.
Despite of the long development time, the ten turbines were installed more than a week ahead of the schedule.
The wind farm take-over also took place ahead of time. Going all the way back to planning and authorization, the project’s progress has been helped by the positive attitude of all the interest groups.
The project’s main co-operation partners were: Siemens Gamesa (turbines), Technip Offshore Finland (offshore foundations), ABB Power Grids (substation), Pori Energia Sähköverkoty (grid connection), Prysmian Finland (offshore cable), Jan De Nul (marine operations), Finnish Sea Service (offshore cable installation), and Blue Water Shipping, Finland (port operations/ logistics).
The Ministry of Employment and the Economy granted an investment aid of MEUR 20 for the project to boost offshore wind power business and export in Finland.
In addition to promoting renewable energy, the investment aid also aimed to gather information about the special characteristics of offshore wind power in Finland’s conditions. ■