Sweden’s giant wood pulp producer, Södra, has decided to invest in five to six wind turbines to be installed to provide power at Södra Cell’s Mönsterås pulp mill. Permission to build the turbines has been granted and the planning process has started – electricity production is expected to start in the third quarter 2010.

The turbines are part of a major planned wind power development. Preliminary plans are also being drawn up for wind turbines at Södra Cell Mörrum and Värö pulp mills.

In addition, Södra has finalised an agreement covering at least 300 wind power plants in southern Sweden, on land belonging to Södra members and elsewhere. It is investing in an annual power production of 1.6 TWh with Norwegian energy producer Statkraft through their jointly-owned company Södra Vindkraft. The agreement paves the way for the expansion of a significant number of wind farms in southern Sweden.