Statkraft readies for Smøla extension to 150 MW

Plans to add another 48 turbines to the 40 MW wind plant of 20 Bonus turbines on the island of Smøla have been unveiled by Norway's state power company, Statkraft. This is the second phase of construction at Smøla and will bring the wind plant's generating capacity to 150.4 MW in 2005. The order for the new turbines has again gone to Bonus. This time each unit will have a rated capacity of 2.3 MW. Statkraft's Bård Mikkelsen says the order is further proof of the company's commitment to meeting the Norwegian government's long term targets for wind production. "By carrying out phase two for Smøla we are well on the way to achieving the company's goals for wind power in this country," he says. A capital subsidy for the expansion of some NOK 66 million has been granted by state energy agency ENOVA. Furthermore, Statkraft has clinched a deal to sell the project's green power certificates to Dutch power marketer Nuon. Phase one was opened by King Harald in 2002 and local people have been very supportive. A recent survey showed that 80% are in favour of extending the plant. With the completion of phase two, at a cost of some NOK 1 billion, Statkraft will reach around 450 GWh of wind electricity production a year. In the long term, the company says it is aiming to reach 2 TWh of wind generation. Bonus is also the turbine supplier to Statkraft's 55 MW project at Hitra, now under construction, and Statkraft has also won a concession to build a 40 MW plant at Kjøllefjord in Finnmark (Windpower Monthly, October 2003).

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