Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Finnish turbine manufacturer WinWinD awarded tender for 50 MW wind park in Northern Finland

WinWinD announced earlier this week that they have won a tender for purchasing project rights of the Myllykangas Wind Park near Kuivaniemi, north of Oulu in Northern Finland. The agreement was signed with Metsähallitus, a state enterprise that administers more than 12 million hectares of state-owned land in Finland.

Competitive procurement processes for a license to develop a wind farm on crown land are rare in Canada. It is quite an innovative model in Finland to have the state act as the initial developer of a project, identify the most suitable site, define the size and parameters of the project and then tender the right to build the project to the highest bidder. This responsibility usually falls to utilities in Canada.

The new wind park will be significant by Finnish standards where wind parks are just now gaining wider approval from Finnish citizens. The nameplate capacity of the Myllykangas Wind Park will be 50 MW, with a maximum of 19 wind turbines located in the area. The total investment in the park is approximately 90 million EUR.

WinWinD will design and build the Myllykangas wind park and aims to start electricity production in the first quarter of 2013.

"The project will have a positive impact on the employment and entrepreneurial activity of the area. The wind turbines for the park will be manufactured in our factory in Hamina, Finland, and the delivery, construction works and servicing will be taken care of by WinWinD’s personnel in Northern Finland together with local entrepreneurs. This way we can maximize local benefits", notes Aarne Luukko, Vice President, Business Development (Finland) of WinWinD.

Source: (in part) WinWinD Press Release dated January 10, 2011

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