German wind developer Wpd has bought the 83MW Tohkoja wind project on Finland’s west coast from Finnish energy provider Fortum.
The wind farm close to the municipality of Kalajoki will
consist of 26 turbines and is slated to be built in individual
construction phases between 2016 and 2017. It is close to Wpd’s other Finnish
onshore projects of Jokela and Mäkikangas.
“The acquisition of
the project Tohkoja is another important milestone for Wpd Europe in Finland
and underlines our trust in Scandinavia as an important European wind power
market,” says Helge Rau, head of M&A at Wpd.
Wpd through its Finnish subsidiary in Espoo, Wpd Finland, is developing more than 600MW in onshore and offshore wind in the Nordic
“After entering the
market in 2007, today there are seven employees working at Wpd’s office in
Espoo,” Rau says.
“Here the Finnish offshore activities of Wpd are managed as
well, in particular the 400MW project Suurhiekka, which is the first project
with a valid permit and ready to be built," says Rau.
No Finnish offshore project so far has entered the
construction phase, however, due to a lack of sufficiently elevated government