Siemens Gamesa picks up 455-MW order for Finland's largest wind project

The Ponsivuori wind farm. Image by: OX2.

November 24 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:IBE) will supply 455 MW of its 5.X turbines for the Lestijarvi project, set to become the largest wind farm in Finland.

The order was placed by Swedish renewables developer OX2 AB, which recently struck a EUR-650-million (USD 729.6m) deal to build Lestijarvi, sell it to a consortium of Finnish energy companies, and provide technical and commercial management of the wind farm for 15 years.

Siemens Gamesa said on Wednesday that it will deliver 69 units of the SG 6.6-170 turbines for the project. These machines have a 6.6-MW generator with a 170-metre rotor, and are expected to help Lestijarvi reach the annual energy production of 1.3 TWh.

According to the turbine maker, this amount of output is equal to around 2% of Finland’s total power production.

Turbine installation at the Lestijarvi site in the Central Ostrobothnia region is scheduled for 2024. Following the commissioning, Siemens Gamesa will maintain the wind farm under a 35-year agreement, the turbine maker said.

Lestijarvi is the second wind project in Finland to use turbines from the Siemens Gamesa 5.X platform. Earlier this year, Finnish wind power producer Suomen Hyotytuuli Oy ordered 14 pieces of the SG 5.8-155 turbines for its 81-MW Alajoki-Peuralinna project.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.123)

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