A concession has been granted for installation of the first Norwegian made turbines. They will be sited at Hunhammerfjellet in Nord Trondelag. Project developer utility NTE is one of the owners of turbine supplier Scanwind, so it was little surprise that it turned to the Norwegian arm of the company when it won approval for the site on the Namdal coast. It is expecting to erect a test turbine there in the autumn. "Once we have one plant installed successfully it should lead to other similar operations in Norway and Sweden," says Scanwind's Bengt Göransson. NTE and Scanwind are looking at two alternative proposals for the site. One sees the installation of up to 15, 3 MW turbines, the same size as the test machine. The other proposal is for 17, 2 MW units. The initial projections see a capacity of around 45 MW with total annual electricity production in the 120-160 GWh range. Göransson says that, all being well, installation should begin in 2005.
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