Norwegian developer scales back plans for 1400 MW plant amid opposition

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Norwegian energy project company Havgul is scaling back some of its ambitious plans to build a 1400 MW offshore wind farm following widespread local opposition. Four plants, Havsul I-IV, are currently planned along the coast in the adjoining municipalities of Møre and Romsdal with a combined annual electricity production of some 7 TWh. After resistance from officials and locals in Fræna over the possible environmental damage to the coastline and the natural habitat, Havgul has cancelled plans for the 385 MW Havsul III proposal. Nils Henrik Johnson at the Norwegian energy agency says, "We feel that local opposition is so strong that it would be a risk to go ahead. Therefore we have informed Havgul to reduce the Havsul project." Despite the setback, Havgul is still keen to press on with its plans at the other sites, where there has been much less opposition. The company is still confident of their potential.

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