Metsahallitus, which manages state-owned land and water areas in Finland, on Thursday mentioned will probably be launching 5 tenders for over 6 GW of offshore wind initiatives in Finnish territorial waters.
The plans are to open tenders for the primary two initiatives in September or October this yr and for an extra two in 2024. A choice on the fifth challenge might be made at a later stage.
The aggressive tenders to pick out companions for the development and operation of the wind farms will embody each quantitative and qualitative standards.
The areas for the 5 initiatives are positioned alongside the western coast of the nation and have been discovered to be appropriate for offshore wind energy era in preliminary research. Zoning initiatives for them have been submitted to the native municipalities. The municipalities must approve the zoning initiatives for challenge growth to proceed.
The announcement comes after in December 2022, Metsahallitus concluded a young for the primary offshore wind farm on the open sea space in Finland, deciding on Vattenfall AB to construct a 1.3-GW wind park.
“The tendering process for the first offshore wind farm at the end of last year showed that Finland is seen as an attractive investment environment for both domestic and international companies,” mentioned Metsahallitus director normal Juha S Niemela.
The 5 initiatives are anticipated to extend Finland’s emission-free electrical energy era capability by round 6 GW within the 2030s. The nation has additionally recognized two different potential offshore wind farm areas on the west coast, on high of the 5 initiatives.
Metsahallitus additional famous that the nation’s offshore wind energy programme helps its goal to turn into “a leading player” in Europe’s hydrogen economic system.
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