Finland’s Ilmatar interested in offshore wind development in Aland

Wind turbines. Image by: Ilmatar Energy.

March 29 (Renewables Now) - Finnish energy company Ilmatar Energy Oy on Tuesday stated an interest in developing an offshore wind project in the waters of the Aland archipelago, an autonomous region of Finland.

The onshore wind-focused company has set up a subsidiary, Ilmatar Offshore Ab, which wants to plan, build, own and operate an offshore wind park that could be generating 20 TWh a year by 2030 for the Alandic, Finnish and Swedish markets.

It said it is interested in the northern marine area identified in the Aland government’s first official marine spatial plan, which was prepared last year. An opportunity for offshore wind generation identified in the northern and southern marine regions has been called Project Sunnanvind and is estimated to have the potential to produce 31 TWh a year.

Ilmatar Offshore is based in Mariehamn, Aland and is now recruiting its team.

Ilmatar Energy co-founder and chairman Kalle Pykala commented that the transition to a fossil-free future is needed from an environmental point of view, as well as from a self-sufficiency and security point of view as “ tragically highlighted” by the past few weeks.

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