The Finnish Government has granted survey permits for Ilmatar Offshore’s two new project areas in the Finnish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The project areas are called Bothnia and Bothnia West and are located in the middle of the Bothnian Sea, about 100 kilometres off the west coast of Finland.
The exploration licence covers an area of almost 2,200 km², and it is estimated that the area can accommodate a wind farm with a capacity of over 6 GW. The survey licence means that seabed surveys, detailed measurements, and evaluation of the current state of the project area can begin. Ilmatar has already started work on the environmental impact assessment in cooperation with Ramboll Finland, and the practical surveys will begin early in 2024. If the project is realised, electricity production could start in the early 2030s.