Finnish wind energy company Suomen Hyotytuuli Oy has been awarded a EUR-30-million (USD 32.1m) grant for an offshore wind demonstration project involving the construction of two 15-MW turbines off the coast of Tahkoluoto, Pori.
Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment granted the funds in line with the country’s Recovery and Resilience Plan, the company said on Wednesday. The project aims to support offshore wind ramp up Finland and address risks related to the construction of offshore wind farms, it added.
Suomen Hyotytuuli is the developer of Finland's first offshore wind farm and the world’s first offshore wind farm in frozen sea conditions, the Tahkoluoto facility of around 40 MW. It plans an extension project of 40 turbines of more than 15 MW, or an overall potential capacity of about 600 MW.
The demonstration project will make use of land use plans of the Tahkoluoto Extension project and will be built in the 2023-2026 period, ahead of the extension.
The two turbines will be located in deeper waters than the existing 4-MW turbines. The project seeks to demonstrate a foundation concept suitable for deeper waters as well as underwater construction methods suitable for Finnish conditions.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.070)
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