The Finnish government has decided to grant permits to state-owned forest and seabed management firm Metsähallitus to lease state-owned seabed resources to two large offshore wind projects that could reach a capacity of several gigawatts.

The first is an extension to wind developer Suomen Hyötytuuli existing 42MW Tahkoluoto nearshore array off Pori on the Finnish west coast, with up to 45 turbines in a range from 11-20MW, meaning the extension could have a capacity of 495-900MW.

The extension is currently envisaged to feature 34 turbines with a capacity of 15MW each, the developer told Recharge, and could be operational by 2026-27.