Šilale II – the first of Enefit Green’s new wind farms will start production in four months
Enefit Green’s Šilale II wind farm will start producing green electricity in the next four months. Today a cornerstone is laid on the farm’s last foundation and turbine assembly is about to begin.
According to the chairman of Enefit Green’s management board Aavo Kärmas Šilale II will be first on company’s new wind farms to start producing electricity. “Building new wind and solar parks is the main long-term solution to the current energy crisis. Enefit Green is a long-time renewable energy producer in Lithuania and is currently building two new wind farms there with one more investment decision in preparation. It is critically important to add renewable energy to the market fast and Šilale II is on track to start production in the end of this year,” Kärmas said.
UAB Merko statyba has won the contracts for both designing and contract works, which means that the company was responsible for both project preparation and contract works.
The contract works of UAB Merko statyba in this project were not limited to laying the foundations of twelve wind power plants. The company built substations for energy transmission (with 60 MW of transformer capacity), built roads (total length will be about 8 km), lay 30 kV cable routes (about 36 km in total).
“Construction of wind farms is becoming one of the market-driven activities to the MERKO company. We have already implemented successfully – in time and good quality – a lot of such projects. Customers appreciate our experience, which allows us to make the best decisions, as well as our knowledge and reliability, because in the construction of wind power plants, the quality of works and the time of their completion is very important,” said Mr Saulius Putrimas, CEO of UAB Merko statyba.
The construction of Šilale II wind farm started last September. Currently 11 of the 12 turbine foundations have been laid, the crane pads are ready and two cranes to build up the turbines have been brought to the site. The towers and blades will start arriving to the site and the turbine assembly is about to start.
Šilale II wind farm is planned to start producing electricity in November. After that there will be a few months of testing and fine tuning the system. The project will be fully completed by February 2023.
The wind farm will provide 160 gigawatt-hours of green electricity each year. Each of its 12 turbines is 200meters high and production capacity of 3,6 megawatts.