Step forward for Spjuts plant

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Vindkompaniet AB has at last received approval from the local council for its plans to install a wind plant at Spjuts in Hablingbo. But even though the project has been in the pipeline for several years, there is still some way to go before it can be built, according to Vindkompaniet's Staffan Nicklasson. "It is a big step forward to get council approval, but like so often in Sweden the process is being held up far too long. We were originally expecting to get a reply from the government before the summer but there is now a risk that it will be delayed." Once it gets the final go ahead, Vindkompaniet plans to install 12, 1.5 MW turbines. A supplier has yet to be chosen. Nicklasson fears that Sweden's tortuous permitting process will have a long term detrimental effect on the industry. A reorganisation in the department of the environment means that new personnel in place will probably take a long time to get up to speed, he says. "Quite simply larger projects do not work in the planning stages under the current conditions. Anything over ten megawatt takes so long to get through the process, proof of which we have already seen, as not one single large scale project has been approved since the system was changed."

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