Slovenia-based KOLEKTOR ETRA has signed a EUR 6 million contract to supply 400 MVA 400/120 kV power transformers to Finland’s transmission system operator Fingrid for its project to improve the electricity transmission connection between the south and north of Finland, according to a press release from Fingrid.
The ordered power transformers will be delivered to the transformer substations in Pyhäselkä and Petäjävesi, Fingrid said, adding that the signed contract also allows for the delivery of five optional power transformers in 2020–2023.
The purpose of the five optional power transformers is to provide for the several pending wind power projects across Finland
The transformer substation in Pyhäselkä will be replaced within the next year. The replacement and the new power transformer ordered now relate to the renewal of the Oulujoki grid. The Oulujoki grid will be renewed in stages in 2019–2022, the press release reads.
The area’s aging power grid will be modernized, and wind power projects of several hundred megawatts have also been planned for the area. Fingrid has planned the development of the power grid in close cooperation with the electricity producers and distribution system operators in the area.
The replacement of the transformer substation in Petäjävesi and the new power transformer ordered now for the substation relate to a larger project called Forest Line, which will improve the transmission connection between the south and north of Finland to serve the needs of industry and consumers.
The aim of the projects in both Pyhäselkä and Petäjävesi is to contribute to Finland remaining a single price area for electricity, according to the press release.
The purpose of the five optional power transformers is to provide for the several pending wind power projects across Finland. In addition to the projects in the Oulujoki area, Finland has wind power projects amounting to thousands of megawatts underway.