Fortum is investigating the possibility of building five wind power stations on the island of Bergo in the municipality of Maalahti in Finland
Negotiations with land owners, including the municipality of Maalahti, have produced a positive result. Negotiations on assessing the environmental impact of wind power stations have been started with the West Finland Regional Environment Centre.
The total capacity of the wind power stations will be 15 – 20 MW equalling the annual electricity consumption of approximately 2000- 2700 detached houses with electric heating.
The leased area in the wooded south-western centre of the island of Bergö has been marked as an area suitable for wind power production in the regional land use plan of Ostrobothnia.
“We have leased over 30 hectares through preliminary contracts with land owners. Wind power plant foundations, installation extensions and the necessary roads will be built in the area. Usage of the rest of the leased land area will remain unchanged. “The wind power plants are to be located as far away from populated areas as possible, at least half kilometre, to minimise impact on the environment,” says Manager Sebastian Johansen from Fortum’s wind power unit.
If the municipality of Maalahti and other authorities grant the necessary permissions, building the foundations of the wind power plants can start in
2012-2013. The wind power plants would start producing electricity approximately two years after this.