Alstom has secured the first Nordic order for its wind turbines by signing a contract with TuuliMuukko Oy for the Muukko wind farm near Lappeenranta in Eastern 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 wind turbine manufacturing facilities in Spain. The rotor diameter of each turbine is 110 meters and the hub height 90 meters. The ECO110 wind turbines are suited for medium to low wind sites and they will feature a Cold Climate Version to suit the Finnish winter conditions.
The Muukko wind farm will have a total installed power 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. Finland is working to meet the government target of up to 2500 MW of wind energy in operation by 2020. There are currently more than 7800 MW wind power projects under development in Finland, of which about 3000 MW are offshore projects.
TuuliMuukko Oy is jointly owned by TuuliTapiola ky and Tuulisaimaa Oy. “TuuliMuukko has carefully selected the turbine supplier using the thorough technical know-how in Tuulisaimaa. We believe in Alstom’s reliability as a supplier to deliver this reference project in an exemplary way providing high availability of the turbines,” said Vesa Eskoli, chairman of the Board of TuuliMuukko Oy.
Alfonso Faubel, Senior Vice President of Alstom’s wind business, said: “This new contract in Finland strengthens our wind installed base in Europe, and reflects our customers’ interest in our innovative turbines suitable to extreme winter-weather conditions.”
The ECO110 wind turbines are part of Alstom’s proven ECO100 turbine platform, and the result of more than 30 years of expertise in wind turbine design. The ECO100 platform now has more than 350 MW installed or under construction worldwide and over 460,000 cumulative operating hours since 2008. The ECO100 platform includes three different versions for IEC class 1 (ECO100), class 2 (ECO110) and class 3 (ECO122), designed to optimize the yield and capacity factor in all wind sites. All Alstom wind turbines are based upon the unique and proven ALSTOM PURE TORQUE rotor support concept that protects the drive train from deflection loads, ensuring higher reliability and lower maintenance costs.