Press release

Fortum to initiate EIA procedures for five wind turbines on the island of Bergö in Maalahti municipality

25 November 2009, 10:00 EET

Fortum Power and Heat Oy Press release 25 November 2009

Fortum to initiate EIA procedures for five wind turbines on the island of Bergö 
in Maalahti municipality                                                        

Fortum is to initiate EIA (environmental impact assessment) procedures for the  
construction of maximum five wind turbines on the island of Bergö. In the first 
stage, a so-called EIA programme will be created for the project, after which an
EIA report will be produced. Both will be submitted to the West Finland         
Environment Centre, which acts as the coordinating authority.                   

A less extensive environmental assessment from last summer already exists for   
the Bergö wind power plants. The environmental impact assessment that is now    
being started up is expected to take approximately one year.                    

Town planning for the Bergö wind power area is also being initiated. The        
planning is led by the municipality of Maalahti, and it is expected to be       
completed in approximately a year's time. If the municipality and other         
authorities grant the necessary permits within the planned timeframe, the five  
wind power plants on Bergö could begin producing electricity in 2013.           

The plan is to build the wind power plants in a wooded area in the village of   
Granö in the south-western part of the island of Bergö. According to the        
regional land use plan of the Ostrobothnia region, the area Fortum has leased   
and partly purchased from the local land owners is a suitable area for wind     
power production.                                                               

Fortum will begin wind measurements during December, when a temporary           
measurement mast will be erected in the wind plant area.                        

The total capacity of the five 3- to 5-megawatt (MW) turbines on Bergö will be  
15 to 20 MW depending on the selected turbine size. "The wind power plants are  
to be placed as far away from populated areas as possible, at least 500 metres  
away to minimise disturbances," says Sebastian Johansen from Fortum's wind power

Fortum supports increasing the use of carbon-dioxide free energy production and 
renewable sources of energy, and is doing its part to reach the ambitious goals 
in renewable energy that Finland has committed to. Fortum's aim is to increase  
wind power production significantly by 2025.                                    

Fortum, Power Division                                                          

For further information please contact: Sebastian Johansen, Manager, Fortum     
tel. +358 40 354 3683