Two Wind Projects Offshore Finland Power Forward
Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has granted Ilmatar Offshore a research permit for two offshore wind areas in Finland’s exclusive economic zone.
The granted permit applies to two areas, one of which is located approximately 30 kilometers from Jakobstad and the other approximately 70 kilometres southwest of Vaasa.
Ilmatar Offshore previously announced that these projects had been temporarily suspended. However, after the granting of the research permit, the development will now continue and these areas are given an official project status.
”These areas are absolutely still of interest to us. The permitting procedure in the EEZ areas is still unclear, but we know that the principle ‘first come, first served’ does not apply here. Obtaining a research permit or presenting a completed environmental impact assessment does not give priority,” said Anna Häger, Regional Manager at Ilmatar Offshore.
”As part of Finland’s ambitious climate goals to become carbon neutral by 2035, all areas with good preconditions for offshore wind power must be valuated. As a Finnish operator, we want to be involved in developing offshore wind power in our home country. We are now proceeding with tenders for seabed surveys and environmental impact assessments in these areas and plan to start work as soon as the sea conditions allow.”
The two areas cover approximately 700 square kilometres in total. The projects outside the Ostrobothnia’s coastal waters have been named Voima and Norrskär, and the areas cover 323 and 389 square kilometres, respectively.
It is too early to predict the number of turbines and the installed capacity, but the preconditions are very good, Ilmatar said. The areas are not too deep and the wind conditions are good. In addition, there is export potential to nearby areas where the need for green energy is growing.
Juha-Pekka Weckström has recently been appointed CEO of Ilmatar and is looking forward to leading the company’s proactive venture into offshore wind power.
”In order to secure long-term value chains, domestic operators must be able to use offshore wind power developed in Finland’s EEZ areas,” Weckström said.
”It should be self-evident, and it is also in Finland’s interest, that domestic operators operate in Finland’s EEZ areas. That is the only way to ensure long-term value development and joint development work with the Finnish industry.”
Ilmatar Offshore is also developing the up to 2.1 GW Stormskär and Väderskär offshore wind project north of Åland.
The project would be located in the Norrhavet maritime area which has been specified in the Åland Maritime Spatial Plan as suitable for offshore wind power.
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