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Subsidy-free 1.5GW cluster proposed for Norway

Developer Norsk Vind Energi (NVE) has submitted plans for a 1.5GW wind farm in western Norway that could be the largest project in Europe.

Norsk Vind Energi's 160MW Tellenes wind farm in Rogaland, south-west Norway
Norsk Vind Energi's 160MW Tellenes wind farm in Rogaland, south-west Norway

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NVE plans to build the Hordavind project in Nordhordland district without subsidy, the developer stated. It expects to begin construction in 2023 and believes the site could produce 5.4TWh of power annually.

The develoepr submitted plans to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate, part of the government’s petroleum and energy ministry.

The government agency will now prepare the basis for the environmental impact assessment for Hordavind, which the developer hopes will be carried out this summer.

NVE’s CEO Per Ove Skorpen claimed the project could be profitable with power prices of less than NOK 300/MWh (€30.84/MWh).

It is likely the 1.5GW will be split between four areas, with individual projects having capacities ranging from 80MW to 950MW, Skorpen told Windpower Monthly.

The number of turbines depends on the turbine configuration to be used, he added. However, assuming an average power rating of 6MW, there would be 250 turbines, Skorpen said.

Currently, Europe’s largest operational onshore wind farm is utility CEZ Group’s 600MW Fântânele-Cogealac wind farm in Romania, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

However, Statkraft’s 1GW-plus Fosen cluster under construction in Norway is due to overtake it when completed.

NVE has developed four operational wind farms in its native Norway — mostly in the south-west of the country — for a combined capacity of 348MW.

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