The first of four 210m high wind turbines was erected at a Finnish onshore wind farm this week, with owner’s engineer support from leading renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy. The Nordex N131/3000 wind turbines are among the tallest to be installed onshore in the world.
SgurrEnergy, a Wood Group business, has consulted on the 12MW Tyrinselkä wind farm since the early stages of the project, drawing on expertise across all disciplines to provide a range of services including engineering support and wind analysis.
Appointed as owner’s engineer in early 2014, the Scottish company supported the project through the pre-construction phase and assisted in achieving financial close in July 2015.
SgurrEnergy’s support included a focus on the tendering processes for the supply of the wind turbines, the Balance of Plant (BoP), and maintenance services, including drafting of BoP employer’s requirements, tender evaluations and contract negotiations.
During the construction phase, the team has worked to ensure that the project is built in accordance with industry good practice.
In addition to providing project management and construction monitoring services, SgurrEnergy conducted detailed design, technology and milestone reviews.
Developed by Tuulivoimaytiö Pohjoistuuli Oy, the wind farm will comprise four Nordex N131/3000 3MW wind turbines, which have a hub height of 144m and a tip height of 210m.
Andrej Sršeň, managing director at Tuulivoimaytiö Pohjoistuuli Oy, said: “Tyrinselkä wind farm is a pilot project under construction in our Finnish wind power portfolio of more than 30 turbines.
We have been working on this project for three years and are happy that these modern turbines will start producing electricity for local people in a sustainable way very soon.”
The project was prepared with the help of many local and international partners, where SgurrEnergy played a key role on the technical side of the project preparation and construction supervision. Due to a very good level of cooperation with this company, we are now looking for ways to extend it on projects outside of Finland.”
Katherine Blum, project manager in SgurrEnergy’s implementation team, said: “With its six tower sections and 64.4m long blades, it is tremendous to see the sheer scale of the wind turbines installed this week, and the achievements to date are a result of the hard work from all involved in the project and their respective expertise.
“We will look forward to continuing our longstanding relationship with Tuulivoimaytiö Pohjoistuuli Oy through the completion of the wind turbines and into the operational phase.”
The project, situated in the Humpilla region in southern Finland, is expected to be energised towards the end of 2016, with asset performance management due to continue into 2018.