Troms delaying tactics

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The cultural heritage authorities in Norway's Arctic province of Troms have been accused of delaying tactics in their treatment of plans for a large wind power development at Kvitfjell on Kvaløya, the Tromsø newspaper Nordlys reports. Would-be developers Norsk Miljøkraft Tromsø and Troms Kraft Produksjon complain that negotiations in connection with the obligatory environmental impact assessment at the site have dragged on since the project was first mooted in 1997, as bureaucrats have "continually come up with one new point after another." The project comprises about 100 turbines of 1.5-2 MW with a capacity of 160 MW. Estimated costs are NOK 1.3 billion. Further south, in scenic Sogn og Fjordane, plans to build a 70 MW installation of 35 turbines at Stadland have received a more serious setback after a report by a district officer calling for rejection of the project and deploring its probable effects on an area "of national and international importance for natural landscape, cultural heritage, tourism and outdoor recreation." According to the Bergens Tidende newspaper, "The facility will now probably never be built."

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