Vattenfall starts construction on 353MW wind farm in Sweden

WCN Editorial Team 18 May 2018 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Swedish power utility Vattenfall has begun construction on the Blakliden/Fäbodberget wind farm in Sweden that will entail an investment of SEK3.5bn ($402m).

To be located in the Åsele and Lycksele municipalities, the wind farm will feature 84 turbines.

The wind farm is divided into two parts: Blakliden in the Åsele municipality with 50 turbines and Fäbodberget in the Åsele and Lycksele municipalities with 34 turbines.

The facility will have an installed capacity of 353MW, which is enough renewable energy to power 220,000 Swedish homes.

Vattenfall has signed a turbine contract with Vestas and, subject to project financing being in place, a 20-year power purchase agreement with Norsk Hydro will be finalised. About 60% of the power generated will be sold under the 20-year agreement.

The Swedish utility will have a 30% stake in the project, while Vestas and KPA, a Danish pension fund, will have a combined interest of 70% in the wind farm.

Vattenfall president and CEO Magnus Hall said: "We are pleased to announce our expansion of onshore wind in Sweden. Blakliden/Fäbodberget represents an important step in our strategy to become fossil free within one generation and this time we do it in cooperation with strong partners in Vestas and PKA."

The wind farm is expected to be commissioned in 2021-22. Upon operational, the facility will become one of the country’s largest onshore wind farms and Vattenfall’s largest.

Vattenfall senior vice president and head of business area wind Gunnar Groebler said: “The investment decision for Blakliden/Fäbodberget is a great moment for our Business Area Wind since it is the biggest onshore wind farm project we did so far.

“I am extremely proud about this project in our home-country Sweden. The development of Blakliden/Fäbodberget profited a lot from the good collaboration with our partners, the turbine supplier Vestas and the local communities and stakeholders.”

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