Gamesa gets 54MW Finland order
Gamesa has received an order for 12 of its giant G128-4.5MW turbines from Finnish company TuuliWatti.
Eleven of the turbines will be installed in 2013 and one in 2014.
The contract is part of a 117MW framework agreement signed in October with TuuliWatti – a joint venture between Finnish energy company St1 and national retail cooperative S-Group – to supply five wind farms in the country.
The deal marks a breakthrough for Gamesa for its 4.5MW turbine platform, which features a number of innovations such as a two-part blade, a modular set-up to facilitate the installation process and maintenance, and a nacelle-mounted crane.
As part of the October deal, Gamesa also agreed to supply TuuliWatti with four G128 turbines for the Simo wind farm in northern Finland.
The machines were designed specifically to withstand low temperatures, and will be the largest and highest-capacity turbines installed to date in Finland.
Gamesa says it considers Finland to be one of the most promising growth markets in the European wind energy business in coming years.
In March 2011 it approved a wind energy feed-in tariff, designed to meet its target of 2.5GW of installed wind in 2020. The country currently has 200MW of installed wind.