Fortum has several new wind power projects in Finland, especially on the west coast. In January 2022, construction work began for the two new onshore wind farms Pjelax-Böle and Kristinestad Norr located in Närpes and Kristinestad, where NKT is supplying approximately 44 km of 110 kV power cables.
“Work has progressed on schedule, and we expect the wind parks to be fully operational in spring 2024,” Fortum Project Manager Risto Meskanen explains. His managerial responsibilities cover electrical aspects of the project.
NKT is now involved in a Fortum construction project for the first time. A cable supply contract was signed on 1 March 2022. “We visited the NKT plant at Falun in Sweden in September 2022. Factory trials confirmed our view that NKT cables were the right choice for us,” says Meskanen.
For NKT the collaboration with Fortum is an important step forward in the ambition to support the green transition in Finland.
“Working with Fortum is a great opportunity, especially in the field of renewable energy. This is the first delivery from NKT to Fortum in Finland, and I hope that collaboration will continue in future,” says Sami Muranen, NKT Sales Manager in Finland.
Some 44 kilometres of 1600 mm2 110 kV aluminium cable will be supplied to the wind farm construction projects. The cable has a diameter of 96 mm and a weight of 9.4 kg/m. This length of cable requires 72 reels of diameter 3-3.2 metres, each weighing up to nine tonnes. With a full trailer truck carrying only four such cable reels, transporting this quantity of cable from plant to construction site will require a total of 18 truckloads.