Vattenfall confident in commissioning plan for 353-MW Swedish wind project

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June 4 (Renewables Now) - Construction has been resumed at Vattenfall AB’s 353-MW Blakliden-Fabodberget wind farm in Sweden and the project is on track to be completed in 2022, in spite of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Swedish state-owned energy group said in an update last week that construction activities have been restarted after a five-month winter break due to the harsh weather conditions in the area. The break coincided with the coronavirus outbreak and the subsequently taken measures to tackle the pandemic.

"As a result of restrictions, some of the deliveries have been delayed, or cancelled completely. We have to work proactively all the time, change suppliers when we have to and re-plan to make it work," explained Kristoffer Arnqvist from project delivery at Vattenfall Vindkraft. In spite of the pandemic and the changed conditions, the completion of the project is on schedule, the company says.

Blakliden-Fabodberget is being installed in northern Sweden and will be Vattenfall’s largest onshore wind park when completed. Its 84 Vestas 4.2 MW turbines are expected to be capable of producing 1.1 TWh of electricity per year, or enough to supply 220,000 Swedish homes.

This construction season will involve laying cables, preparation of crane sites and foundations and building roads. Turbine deliveries are planned for 2021.

The park has been under construction since 2018.

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