Norway plans 160MW wind farm

NORWAY: The Norwegian government has approved plans by Andmyran Vindpark to build a 160MW wind farm in the north of the country

The Andoy region of Norway is one of the country's most plentiful in wind
The Andoy region of Norway is one of the country's most plentiful in wind

The wind farm, in the Andoy region, is dependent on funding from Enova, the government organisation responsible for renewables projects. The first 80MW phase is expected to cost €100million.

The wind farm will be owned by Vindkraft Nord, Norvind and Andmyran. According to reports, the consortium hopes to receive up to 45% of funding from Enova while it is discussions with three manufacturers about a turbine deal.

Norway is something of an enigma when it comes to wind power. It harbours a massive wind resource, has plenty of space for using it, electricity is in short supply where winds are good.

But according to Windpower Monthly’s most recent Windicator report, Norway’s total wind power capacity stayed static throughout 2009 on 436MW.

In addition to the Andoy wind park there are signs it is beginning to divert more attention to renewables and wind power specifically.

Earlier this year, Enova announced it was funding the country’s efforts to produce the world’s first 10MW turbine, which is designed to eventually float in the North Sea.

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