Merikoski Power Plant

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Merikoski Power Station
Merikoski Power Plant Oulu 20120719.JPG
Merikoski Power Plant is located in Finland
Merikoski Power Plant
Location of Merikoski Power Station in Finland
Official name Merikosken voimalaitos
Country Finland
Location Oulu
Coordinates 65°01′22″N 25°28′24″E / 65.02278°N 25.47333°E / 65.02278; 25.47333Coordinates: 65°01′22″N 25°28′24″E / 65.02278°N 25.47333°E / 65.02278; 25.47333
Purpose Power
Status Operational
Construction began 1940 (1940)
Opening date 1948 (1948)
Owner(s) Oulun Energia
Dam and spillways
Impounds Oulujoki
Height 11 m[1]
Spillways 3
Spillway type gates
Power station
Installed capacity 39 MW[1]
Annual generation 289 GWh (2012)[1]

Merikoski Power Plant is a hydroelectric power station and a dam in the Koskikeskus district in Oulu, Finland. The plant is owned by the Oulun Energia municipal enterprise of the city of Oulu.

Construction of the power plant was started in 1940, but electricity generation for national grid was not started until 1948. The construction was delayed due to Second World War, although soviet prisoners of war were used as labour during the war.[2] The power station building has been designed by architect Bertel Strömmer and the master plan of the area by architect Alvar Aalto.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "Merikosken vesivoimalaitos" (in Finnish). Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Oulun Energian historia 1940-1950-luvuilla" (in Finnish). Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Pohjois-Pohjanmaan kulttuurihistoriallisesti merkittävät kohteet Osa 1 (in Finnish). Pohjois-Pohjanmaan Seutukaavalaiitto. 1993. p. 50. ISBN 951-9328-53-X. 

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