Fortum Corporation and Metsähallitus
11 September 2009
Fortum and Metsähallitus to develop a wind power project in the
Kuolavaara-Keulakkopää area in Finnish Lapland
Fortum and Metsähallitus have jointly begun developing a wind power project in
the Kuolavaara-Keulakkopää area, located in the Kittilä and Sodankylä
municipalities in northern Finland. The area has been marked as a wind power
area in the draft regional land use plan of Mountain Lapland and in the regional
land use plan of Northern Lapland.
According to initial estimates, approximately 18 wind power stations of 2-3
megawatts each can be built in Kuolavaara-Keulakkopää, producing between 100 and
120 GWh of electricity annually. The production would equal 40% of the total
electricity consumption of the Kittilä and Sodankylä municipalities.
During the autumn, the project's environmental impact assessment (EIA) will
commence, wind measurements will be set in motion and technical pre-planning
will continue. If the project proves to be feasible in further investigations
and if the necessary permissions are granted, wind power production could start
in Kuolavaara-Keulakkopää around 2013.
Jouni Tolonen, Area Manager, Wind Finland, Fortum, tel. +358 50 5942261,
Wind Power Manager Erkki Kunnari, Metsähallitus Laatumaa, tel. +358 40 8096840,
Fortum is a leading energy company focusing on the Nordic countries, Russia and
the Baltic Rim area. Activities cover the generation, distribution and sale of
electricity and heat and the operation and maintenance of power plants. Fortum's
aim is to increase its wind power production in its operating area significantly
Metsähallitus responds to the increasing need for renewable energy by developing
areas suitable for wind power production together with operators in the field.
Metsähallitus also aims to participate in wind power production projects.
www.laatumaa.com/tuulivoima and www.metsa.fi