Alstom has secured the first Nordic order for its wind turbines by signing a contract with TuuliMuukko Oy for the Muukko wind farm, located near Lappeenranta, Finland.
The agreement includes the supply, transportation and installation of seven ECO110 3.0 MW wind turbines and 12 years of operation and maintenance services.
The erection of the wind turbines will start in early 2013, with first commercial deliveries expected in June 2013. The ECO110 wind turbines for the Muukko wind farm will be built in Alstom's manufacturing facilities in Spain. Each turbine has a 110-meter rotor diameter and 90-meter hub height. The ECO110 wind turbines are suited for medium- to low wind sites, and they will feature a cold-weather package to suit the Finnish winter conditions, Alstom notes.
The Muukko wind farm will have a total installed capacity of 21 MW - more than 10% of the current installed wind capacity in Finland.
By the end of 2011, there were 130 wind turbines installed in Finland for a total capacity of 197 MW, according to Alstom. Finland is working to meet the government target of up to 2,500 MW of wind energy in operation by 2020. There are currently more than 7,800 MW of wind power projects under development in Finland, of which about 3,000 MW are offshore projects.