Norway

Norway

Small but biggest so far

The installation of five Vestas 800 kW turbines brings Norway's wind power capacity to 15.7 MW. The five turbines are sited at Mehuken, Raudeberg, on the island of Vågsøy in the Nordfjord district of Sogn and Fjordane county. The project owner says that aside from being the biggest so far, the wind plant is special because it is the first time in Norway that typical "inland" power companies -- Buskerud Fylkeskraft and Østfold Energi Produksjon -- have gone to the west coast, where the wind is strong, to build a wind power station.

The installation of five Vestas 800 kW turbines brings Norway's wind power capacity to 15.7 MW, says Bjørn Husemoen of Kvalheim Kraft power company, the co-owner of the project. The five turbines are sited at Mehuken, Raudeberg, on the island of Vågsøy in the spectacular Nordfjord district of Sogn and Fjordane county. Husemoen says that aside from being the biggest so far, the wind plant is special because it is the first time in Norway that typical "inland" power companies -- Buskerud Fylkeskraft and Østfold Energi Produksjon -- have gone to the west coast, where the wind is strong, to build a wind power station. The wind plant, a turnkey delivery from Vestas, is owned by the two power companies.

In a good year the 4 MW plant should produce about 16 GWh, says Husemoen. All five turbines are now erected and undergoing commissioning. After a test phase, the plant is expected to be handed over to Kvalheim Kraft early this month. The total cost, NOK 35 million. was funded by the parent companies.

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