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Friday, June 18, 2010
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Eesti Energia to Build a Wind Farm near Narva

ESTONIA - The Eesti Energia Supervisory Board has given the go-ahead for a 39MW wind farm on a former ash field near Narva.

The Baltic power plant’s second ash field, which was closed and recultivated last year, will have 17 wind turbines by2012.

The construction contract with Enercon will be signed during the summer.

Construction work will begin shortly after, with the 2.3MW turbines to be erected on the former ash field in 2011.

The total cost of the wind farm is approximately €60 million and it is expected to produce about 90 GWh.

“It is important for us to use this footprint of the oil shale energy sector as the foundation for renewable energy,” said Ando Leppiman, director of Eesti Energia’s Renewable Energy Business Unit.

“For Eesti Energia it will mean doubling electricity generated from wind compared to the current annual total. The environmentally-friendly generation on Narva ash field will be enough to cover the electricity needs of about 35,000 Estonian families with average electricity consumption.”

In the summer of 2009, Eesti Energia opened at Aulea the most powerful wind farm in the Baltic region.

The 39MW wind farm will have three more turbines by the summer of 2011. The total output of the 16 turbines will be 48MW and the annual capacity will be 123GWh.

Public procurement is currently taking place to establish a wind farm on the Pakri peninsula in Paldiski and it is planned to have the construction contract signed in the autumn of this year.

Eesti Energia is also considering building a wind farm in the Auvere area in Vaivara municipality in extreme north-eastern Estonia and is studying options for offshore wind farms in the Gulf of Riga.

The closure of the second ash field at Balti power plant was a far-reaching environmental project, a large part of the financing for which came from the European Union Cohesion Fund. In the course of the decommissioning project, which came to an end in 2008, a new neutralisation plant and a landfill for inert waste were established on the ash field which has been out of use since 1986.

The area was recultivated and the former sedimentation pond was turned into a wetland area.

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