New Significant Project for KSBR: A 24-Turbine Wind Park in Haapajärvi

07.09.2020

Keski-Suomen Betonirakenne KSBR will develop the Haapajärvi Välikangas wind park BoP in partnership with notable international enterprises. The sponsor for the project is Luxcara, one of the leading European asset managers in renewable energy investments. The construction management will be carried out by the internationally operating renewable energy developer ABO Wind Oy.

KSBR will be responsible for the park design, the building of roads and erection areas, and the supply of the foundations, substation, main transformers, and cables as a complete turnkey project. The wind park earthworks, electrical design, and equipment deliveries are currently on-going in Haapajärvi, located in Northern Ostrobothnia. The foundation works begin in September.

– The soft soil which requires quite a lot of mass exchanges and gravel transports presents a challenge for the earthworks. Luckily, both we and our partners have experience in this, having worked at several demanding worksites before, says KSBR Project Manager Petteri Mäkelä.

The park will be connected to the grid by Q2 of 2021. The BoP project will employ up to 80 constructors. The Välikangas 100-megawatt park comprises 24 turbines. Total height of the turbines is 220 metres and the park fulfils the power needs of 90 000 homes. Luxcara has selected Vestas as the turbine supplier. The electricity will be sold directly to corporate offtakers, and the park is built without any government subsidies.

– With KSBR, we are happy to have found such an experienced and reliable partner for the construction of our first Finnish wind project, as we always prefer to work with local business partners, affirms Philip Sander, Managing Partner of Luxcara.

ABO Wind Oy is a familiar partner for KSBR.

– Investors like Luxcara are important for us, and we seek to establish long-term partnerships with them at various sites on our way to internationalisation, says KSBR Head of Service Juha Tuominen.

The project is the second largest wind park project currently managed by KSBR.

–  We are currently building Finland’s largest park ever in Piiparinmäki in Kainuu, which will upon completion generate power for the Finnish power grid at a nominal power of 211 megawatts, says Project Manager Petteri Mäkelä.

Mäkelä emphasises the significance of large and experienced international partners for a project of this scale. KSBR is currently handling four wind park BoP projects all over the country. The company has emerged as the wind park BoP construction leader in Finland.

Measures to prevent Corona at Välikangas and other KSBR sites are tight: the personnel have been divided into several units with only minimal interaction in between. For this reason, there are more social rooms than usual, and hygiene and safe distances are beyond compromise. Safety is the most important thing for KSBR in all their projects.

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