Approvals granted for 200 MW wind plant and power cable

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Norway's biggest wind project yet has been given the go-ahead by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE). Norsk Miljøkraft Tromsø is proposing 200 MW for a ten square kilometre site at Kvitfjell on Kvaløya in the Arctic province of Troms. The plant would consist of 80 turbines and produce about 660 GWh a year. A separate concession has been granted to Troms Kraft Nett A/S to build a 27 kilometre, 132 kV power cable from Kvitfjell to Håkøybotn. "Wind conditions on Kvitfjell are particularly good," according to NVE. "Opposition to the project has especially concerned the effects of the wind farm on the landscape and on the cultural environment in the surrounding area," it adds. Assuming an investment in the region of NOK 1.3 billion, the cost of wind power from the plant is projected at NOK 0.22/kWh, NVE adds. It points out that this is "about the same as it costs to develop a new water course." The project will require state support. NVE says the site mean wind speed is 9 m/s and the wind farm "will make a substantial contribution to meeting the government's target of 3 TWh of wind power by 2010."

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