Agriculture and Forestry Minister Antti Kurvinen called the effort an important step in increasing domestic renewable energy production.
The Finnish government on Friday authorized the leasing of aquatic areas off the west coast of Finland in order to significantly increase the electrical capacities of offshore wind farms.
The public forest administrator Metsähallitus has obtained permission to lease water areas at the Tahkoluoto wind farm near Pori as well as along the coast of Ostrabothnia at the Korsnäs offshore wind farm.
Korsnäs is a major renewable energy project and the first offshore wind effort planned for Finnish territorial waters in the open sea.
It is expected to offer a nominal power generation capacity similar to the country’s nuclear power plant at Loviisa, and the estimated cost of the effort will be between 1.5 and 2.5 billion euros, according to the Ministry of Energy. Agriculture and Forestry.
The expansion of Tahkoluoto Offshore Wind Farms will increase its current wind turbines to 43 and extend the sea area used by approximately 14,400 hectares.
The government granted permission to Metsähallitus following a presentation by the ministry.
“Today is a historically significant day. The granted permits are an important step for the development of offshore wind energy in Finland and for the increase of the national production of renewable energy in the future,” said the minister. of Agriculture and Forestry. Antti Kurvinen said in a statement.
“Both projects are also important in terms of state finances, as rental income will go to the treasury,” he noted.