ARKANSAS, Oct 21 (Future Headlines)- The Finnish Government has approved survey permits for Ilmatar Offshore’s two new offshore wind project areas in the Finnish Exclusive Economic Zone, known as Bothnia and Bothnia West. These areas are strategically located in the Bothnian Sea, approximately 100 kilometers off the west coast of Finland.

The project areas, Bothnia and Bothnia West, offer substantial offshore wind development potential. Combined, they constitute the largest offshore wind development area in Finland, covering nearly 2,200 square kilometers. Initial estimates suggest that the area could host a wind farm with a capacity of over 6 GW, which presents a valuable opportunity for driving fossil-free electrification in Finland and Sweden.

Ilmatar Offshore aims to advance renewable energy projects and expand its position as a leading independent power producer in the Nordic region, demonstrating a commitment to long-term growth within the evolving energy market.

The survey permit authorizes the commencement of seabed surveys, detailed measurements, and assessments of the project area’s current conditions. Ilmatar Offshore has initiated work on the environmental impact assessment in collaboration with Ramboll Finland, with practical surveys set to commence early in 2024.

Should the project proceed, electricity production could commence in the early 2030s. To realize this project and other offshore wind developments in the Finnish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), Ilmatar seeks government guidance regarding the process for obtaining exclusivity for area development. Obtaining such exclusivity is crucial for project development and execution.

  • Details of Bothnia and Bothnia West Areas

Bothnia Area: Covering 1,395 square kilometers, this project area features water depths ranging between 60 meters and 120 meters.

Bothnia West Area: Encompassing 803 square kilometers, this area has water depths that vary between 35 meters and 120 meters.

Bothnia and Bothnia West hold the promise of significantly expanding Finland’s renewable energy capacity, promoting sustainability, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

This move by Ilmatar Offshore and the Finnish Government underscores the growing commitment to harnessing the potential of offshore wind to contribute to clean and sustainable energy generation in the region. It also reflects the increasing importance of offshore wind development as a means of addressing energy and environmental challenges in the Nordic region and beyond.

Reporting by Kevin Wood; Editing by Sarah White