Nordex Group, a German wind turbine-maker, has secured orders to supply turbines for OX2's four projects in Finland with a total installed capacity of 107.4MW.
Nordex stated that IKEA Retail Finland, a subsidiary of INGKA Group, is providing the funds for the wind farms’ construction. It intends to acquire the projects when they are operational in the first quarter of 2020.
For these projects, 25 of N149/4.0-4.5 turbines with 4MW to 4.5MW capacity will be supplied by Nordex. These turbines are claimed to have been designed to deliver higher yields at light and medium wind sites.
OX2 Wind managing director Paul Stormoen said: “Finland is a market within which OX2 is steadily growing its wind farm portfolio. We are happy to repeat business with Nordex now.
“Thanks to our many years of experience, we are convinced that with the N149/4.0-4.5 we have once again chosen a highly efficient turbine type which can be flexibly configured for optimum yield under the respective conditions of the various locations.”
The turbine-maker will start installing the turbines from next summer at the wind farms which include Långmossa with seven turbines, Ribäcken with five turbines, Ponsivuori with seven turbines and Verhonkulma with six turbines.
These wind farms will be located near Vaasa, Kurikka and Maalahti and they are characterized to have wind speeds between 6.9 and 7.2 m/s. Depending on the site conditions, the turbines can be configured between 4.0 and 4.5MW.
Nordex stated that the turbines in Ponsivuori will be equipped with anti-icing system. The orders also include service and maintenance contract with a term of 25 years for the four projects.
Nordex chief sales officer Patxi Landa said: “When developing the N149/4.0-4.5, we consistently focused on reducing electricity production costs along the entire value chain and optimized the maintenance and service concept accordingly.
“The resulting subsidy-free projects, including the long-term service contracts and the trust that OX2 have shown in us, confirm this strategy.”
Separately, Nordex has secured service contract extensions for 159 turbines in Europe.