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Go ahead for 40 MW Kjollefjord project

Statkraft's planned 40 MW Kjollefjord plant at Gartefjullet in the Lebesby district has been given the go ahead by Norway's state energy agency, NVE. "Kjollefjord is a robust project with acceptable environmental impact," says energy minister Thorhild Widvey. Construction work on the NKK 320 million (EUR 39.5 million) project is to begin later this year. A turbine vendor has yet to be selected, but Statkraft says the plant will use machines of at least 2 MW. When operational, the plant will generate 155 GWh of electricity a year. Statkraft is determined to press ahead with its growing inventory of wind power projects, even with Norway's delayed integration with the Swedish market for renewable energy credits. Plans for a 40-65 MW plant at Skallhalsen are in the final stages of the approvals process, while applications to develop a 40 MW project at Selbjorn and a 62-95 MW plant at Fraena have also been lodged. In addition a further five projects totalling 316 MW in capacity -- at Langevåg, Berlevåg, Hammerfest, Straumøya, and Kvenndalsfjellet -- are in the early planning phase. The company is the most active in the Norwegian wind market and already operates 95 MW of Bonus turbines in two projects, Trinn I and Hitra. A further 110 MW from 48 Bonus 2.3 MW machines will add to the company's capacity later this year when Trinn II comes online.

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