E.ON and SCA link for up to 800MW of Swedish wind projects

German utility E.ON has signed a co-operation agreement with SCA to jointly develop up to around 800MW of onshore wind projects in Sweden.

E.ON will work with the Swedish paper giant to evaluate the onshore projects, which have a total potential to house about 270 turbines, says SCA.

The deal includes projects currently managed by the group’s SCA Vind subsidiary in Härnösand, Kramfors and Timrå.

The agreement also covers wind projects in southern Ånge and in Ljusdal.

A separate wind joint venture between SCA and Norwegian utility Statkraft is not affected by the deal, says a spokesman for the Swedish company.

SCA and E.ON say the wind projects in question could produce more than 2TWh annually if fully developed.

Investment decisions are expected in 2014 and 2015, with operations beginning in 2016/17 "at the earliest".

In May E.ON signed a co-operation deal with state-run Norwegian land management group Statskog that could see the two build 600MW of wind power in the country by 2017.