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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