May 13 (Renewables Now) - Sweden’s Eltel AB (STO:ELTEL) will take part in the Saunamaa and Suolakangas wind projects in Finland as the infrastructure builder under a newly signed EUR-13-million (USD 14.6m) contract.
The agreement is with French wind power developer Valorem and UK onshore renewables investor Octopus, the partners behind the two farms totalling 71.4 MW. Eltel, via its power business unit in Finland, will be in charge of the construction of roads, crane pads, turbine foundations, electrical cabling and substations, it said Monday.
The beginning of the construction was announced in early May. Denmark's Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) has been selected to supply and commission eight V150-4.2 MW wind turbines with a 135-metre hub height for Saunamaa and nine units of the same model but with a hub height of 155m for Suolakangas.
The two wind farms will be built without subsidies, with Valorem and Octopus investing around EUR 80 million in the construction. The wind farms are planned to enter commercial operation by late 2020. The annual power output is estimated to be 280 GWh.
(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.12)