Norwegian utility Statkraft has unveiled plans for a NKK 1 billion wind power plant at Bergset in Fraena. The company plans to erect between 55 and 65 turbines at the site and the concession has been applied for from spring 2004. Statkraft, which now has 11 wind power projects underway in Norway, is confident the relevant permits can be obtained for the plant in the Romsdal region. "At the moment we are looking at issues surrounding the grid and of course the environment, but the application has now been made to energy agency NVE and we are waiting to hear from them before we give the project a final go ahead," says Statkraft's Knut Mollestad. Some local objections have been raised, but Mollestad is confident the project will go ahead. The site, covering 20 square kilometres, poses some problems regarding the configuration and size of turbines according to Mollestad. At the moment the plan is to put up 65, 70-80 metre tall machines, though this could be reduced. Machines with rated capacities in the 2-5 MW range are being considered. The company has said it is looking for about 130 MW of generation, which would provide electricity for around 18,000 households. Statkraft hopes to start building in 2006. On completion it will be slightly smaller than the Smøla plant, which is ready for upgrading to its second phase.
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