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Fortum inaugurates the 380 MW Pjelax onshore wind power plant in Finland

The Finnish energy utility Fortum has inaugurated the 380 MW Pjelax onshore wind power plant, located near Närpiö and Kristiinankaupunki in western Finland. The 56-turbine wind park is expected to produce more than 1 TWh/year electricity.

Pjelax is a joint project of Fortum (60% stake) and the Helsinki-based Helen Limited (40%). Helen has also contracted around 50% of the wind farm’s output for its entire life cycle. Fortum took the investment decision on the project in late 2021, and construction works started in early 2022.

As of end 2022, wind represented 28% of Finland’s installed capacity with 5.7 GW (30% with nearly 7 GW in 2023) and about 17% of its power generation with 12 TWh (2022). The country currently has around 2.4 GW of wind capacity under construction and another 27 GW under development.

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