Norwegian government grants $3.3bn wind power clearance

The Norwegian energy ministry has granted permission for the construction of what it calls “the world’s largest wind power project.”

Oil and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe had given permission for the construction of eight separate wind power projects across central Norway with an installed capacity of 1300 MW and costing $3.3bn.

The ministry said that the eight power stations would have a combined 450 turbines adding, "Overall, the eight wind power plants will be the world's largest wind power project. The total investment is one of the largest investments ever in mainland Norway."

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Platts reports that the new plants, connected by 25 miles of a new kV power cable, would be situated from the Norwegian towns of Overhall via Forsen to Trollheim.

Statnett will build the 420 kV power line linking the stations to the national grid.

Norway remains dominated by hydroelectric power but is now making a concerted push to bring more wind power on to the grid.

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