Vestas receives order for Långnabba wind project in the Baltic Sea

Vestas has received a 42 MW order for the Långnabba wind project, which will be developed by Vind AX AB, a Finnish developer and independent power producer, and new customer for Vestas.
Vestas receives order for Långnabba wind project in the Baltic Sea
Wind farm in Norway. Courtesy of Simo Rasanen

The project will be located on the Åland Islands, in the Baltic Sea, between the Finnish and Swedish mainland and is Åland’s largest wind power project to date. It will utilise Vestas’ 4 MW platform, comprising ten V136-4.2 MW turbines with 112 metre towers and is accompanied by a 25-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement to ensure maximised energy production over the lifetime of the wind project. Vestas has engaged Allwinds AB, a local service provider, to support the Vestas’ service team at the project.

“We are delighted having contracted the wind turbines for Långnabba with Vestas, who has a long experience and solid knowledge in the wind industry” said Leif Nordlund, Project Manager of Långnabba. “Having closed a service agreement, locally anchored through Allwinds, they will be Vestas’ extended arm on Åland in terms of servicing the turbines”.

Nils de Baar, President of Vestas Northern & Central Europe, added that the initiative will transition Åland's energy consumption to be powered by 65 percent wind energy, a significant leap forward from just 18 percent in previous years.

The Långnabba wind project at its Åland Islands’ location is characterised by a very demanding grid environment with extraordinarily low short circuit ratios, making it prone to instabilities. Leveraging its industry leading grid capabilities, Vestas has developed project-specific settings on control parameters, involving both key wind turbine components and the power plant controller. This configuration will ensure a cost efficient and reliable connection between the wind project and the grid.

Once commissioned, the project will produce over 130 GWh of energy per year, which corresponds to the electricity consumption for approximately 10,000 households in the Åland Islands.

The deal reinforces Vestas presence in Finland`s wind market, where the company has installed roughly 400 wind turbines with a total capacity of almost 1.3 GW to date.

The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a VestasOnline Business SCADA solution, lowering turbine downtime and thus optimising the energy output.

Deliveries are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2021 and commissioning is planned for the first quarter of 2022. 

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