Norway gives go ahead for 1.3GW

The Norwegian government has granted licences for the construction of eight new wind farms totalling 1.3GW.

Energy minister Ola Borten Moe

When realised, the new projects will almost treble the country's current wind capacity.

Licences to build four of the onshore farms worth 660MW were given to SAE Wind, a joint venture between Statkraft and Agder Energi Vind. Sarepta Energi will construct three plants which will come to 510MW, while Zephyr will build the remaining 150MW.

TSO Statnett was also given the green light to build a 420kV transmission line.

Construction of the wind farms will cost NOK 20 billion (EUR 2.7 billion), the ministry of petroleum and energy said.

"This is a historic day for Norwegian wind production and will constitute a significant part of Norway's renewable initiatives. I think such a concentrated development is important rather than a scattered development," said Norwegian energy minister Ola Borten Moe.

CEO of SAE Wind Anders Gaudestad commented: "We are extremely pleased to have licensed these projects that SAE Wind has developed in close cooperation with local authorities over a long period."

Norway currently has a total installed capacity of 700MW.