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Fortum to commence work on 96MW Sørfjord wind farm in Norway

CTBR Staff Writer Published 02 October 2017

Clean-energy company Fortum has decided to commence work on the Sørfjord wind farm in northern Norway.

The Sørfjord wind farm will consist of 23 turbines with a total capacity of 96.6MW, with each turbine having a capacity of 4.2MW.

Seimens Gamesa Renewable Energy will deliver the wind turbines.

The wind farm is likely to be commissioned in 2019. Civil works have been taken up in 2017 and foundations and electrical works will be taken up in 2018 and 2019.

In January 2017, the company decided to acquire Nygårdsfjellet wind farm, which is already operational, and the Ånstadblåheia and Sørfjord projects currently under construction, from Nordkraft. The three wind farms will have a total installed capacity of 180MW.

Fortum’s wind power vice-president Philippe Stohr said: “This investment decision is a further step in the implementation of our wind growth strategy. Our aim is to build a sizeable wind portfolio in the Nordic area.”

“We believe that wind will be one of the most competitive options in the Nordic power production. Sørfjord has attractive and unique wind conditions that will be efficiently harnessed through direct drive and large rotor machines,” Stohr added.

Fortum is that provides electricity, heating and cooling and smart solutions to companies.

Siemens Gamesa provides wind power products and solutions in more than 90 countries. It has a total installed base of 80GW. It offers both offshore and onshore technology and service solutions.

While the 32.2MW Nygårdsfjellet wind farm was commissioned in 2006 and 2011, the 50.4MW Ånstadblåheia farm is expected to be commissioned in 2018.

Image: Fortum’s new Sørfjord wind farm will include 23 of Siemens Gamesa’s wind turbines. Photo: Courtesy of Fortum Keilaniemi.