New wind farm servicing concept put to test in Finland
Specialist transport company Silvasti will put test its Transport Crane Installation (TCI) concept at the Pahkakoski wind farm under development in the municipality of Ii in Northern Ostrobothnia of Finland.
The Pahkakoski wind farm is a large-scale project located in Finland. It will feature 30 turbines capable of producing 600 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually. The construction phase of the project is scheduled to commence in 2024, with commercial operation planned to start in the summer of 2025.
Silvasti has developed the TCI concept for the construction and servicing of wind farms. The customer for the project is Ilmatar, a Nordic Independent Power Producer (IPP) with a renewable energy portfolio of around 1GW. The turbines for the project will be supplied by Vestas, a leading Danish wind turbine manufacturer.
Silvasti has extensive experience in over 700 wind power projects on transportation and port handling. With its TCI concept, Silvasti now aims to take a step to an even more comprehensive role as a player in the field of renewable energy by adding all-inclusive, flexible and scalable solutions for building new wind farms, as well as servicing and de-commissioning existing ones.
Silvasti offers an alternative approach for executing wind farm projects through the TCI (Turbine Supply and Construction) concept. Under this concept, a turbine manufacturer supplies the turbines, while an independent TCI contractor executes the construction phase. The TCI concept is designed to provide cost-efficiency by optimizing execution and infrastructure requirements while ensuring high-quality work and safety by working with experienced co-operation partners.
“We strongly believe the time is right to introduce this concept to the European market. There is a need to construct high volumes of renewable energy, and wind farms are getting bigger and turbines more standardized. This gives room to introduce an alternative way to execute these projects. I’d like to thank our team, partners and Ilmatar for their exceptional efforts in reaching this milestone,” says Ville Silvasti, Founder and Chairman of Board at Silvasti.
“The TCI concept renews the way the wind industry has been operating in Europe for over 30 years. Executing projects with the TCI concept has been the norm in the US market. In addition to bringing cost-efficiency, a more industrialized way of executing projects will pave way to even more wind power projects,” says Paula Kohvakka, Head of TCI Development at Silvasti.
While Pahkakoski is Silvasti’s first large-scale TCI project in the construction of a new wind farm, the company has over the past two years executed several TCI service projects for wind turbines already in the operation phase.