World's northernmost wind farm to be built

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The world's northernmost wind farm -- a 40 MW wind farm made up of 16 Nordex 2.5 MW turbines -- is to be built at Havøygavlen, Måsøy, in Norway's Arctic province of Finnmark. Construction is due to start in April, according to Dagens Næringsliv newspaper. A new company, Arctic Wind AS, is to operate the development, due for completion by October. Arctic Wind is jointly owned by Dutch power company Nuon and Norway's Norsk Hydro and Norsk Miljøkraft, the developer. Each company has invested EUR 40 million in Arctic Wind, while the Norwegian government has granted an EUR 8.2 million subsidy for the EUR 41.8 million project. Predicted annual output, 120 GWh, will amount to one-tenth of Nuon's current renewables output, says the company. To date Nuon owns 350 MW of wind plant in six countries. Havøygavlen is the first of a number of projects under consideration by Norsk Miljøkraft and Norsk Hydro in seven countries, Dagens Næringsliv reports. "The project will allow us to enter a new market, offering potential of some 1,000 megawatts over the next four years," says Dieter Kestner, CEO at Nordex. The contract is its largest foreign order ever for the N80 model.

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