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Permit for ABB

Construction in Norway of a controversial 80 metre high, 3 MW test turbine on Hundhammerfjellet at Abelvær on the island of Nærøy looks set to go ahead after both the environment and energy ministries dismissed appeals against the site permit lodged by a wide range of interests including local reindeer farmers, environment organisations and county officials. The turbine, a joint project between Swedish utility Vattenfall, developer Scanwind and engineering giant ABB, is to be equipped with ABB's much discussed "Windformer" power-conditioning technology according to earlier company statements (Windpower Monthly, April 2001). The delays are reckoned to have cost the developers, Scanwind and its energy supplier, Nord-Trøndelag Elektrisitetsverk (NTE), at least NOK 10 million, Adresseavisen newspaper reports. At one stage the project was on the point of being abandoned or moved to Sweden, Scanwind managing director Torolf Pettersen told the newspaper. ABB and Vattenfall now appear to be pursuing an almost identical pilot project at Näsudden on the Swedish island of Gotland. Scanwind Group, founded in 1999, operates out of Trondheim and the Swedish city of Karlstad. It is owned by Energiutviklingen AS, a four-year-old Norwegian company specialising in energy production research and development (51.5%); NTE (44.1%), and the group's employees (4.4%). The stated aim is to start a Norwegian wind turbine industry based on Norwegian technology, according to Addresseavisen.

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