The largest wind farm on land in Europe

Norway. An agreement was signed Tuesday for the construction of a wind farm of 1,000 megawatts.

The Norwegian electricity producer Statkraft and its partners announced on Tuesday an agreement to build Norway’s largest wind farm in Europe, an investment of 1.1 billion euros (about 1.2 billion).

Consisting makes six wind farms to be built near Trondheim (center), the project with a capacity of 1,000 megawatts should see the first sod given in the spring to a mining operation in 2020.

It will represent itself more than the current wind power capacity in the country according to the news agency NTB, and provide enough energy to power the equivalent of 170,000 households with electricity and heating, said in a statement Statkraft first European producer of renewable energy through hydropower.

“With this project of 1,000 MW, we become one of the major players in the wind on land,” said the CEO of the group, Christian Rynning-Tønnesen. The 278 turbines of 3.6 MW each were commissioned in the Danish Vestas.

Whiplash

The project was given birth in pain. Statkraft had a given time, considering its lack of profitability, but resumed studies in November to find a more economical solution under pressure from the Norwegian state, its 100% shareholder.

The energy company has instead had to give juicy offshore wind projects in the UK after a volte-face of the government, to fill a budget hole, reversed his decision to give up 528 million euros (some CHF 578 million) in dividends over the period 2016-2018.

“This is one of the biggest industrial projects on land in Norway and it creates jobs”, welcomed the government leader Erna Solberg, cited by the national media. “This will give a boost to renewable energy in Norway.”

In addition Statkraft who will control 52.1%, the project brings together the local energy company TrønderEnergi (7.9%) and the Swiss Nordic Wind Power consortium (40%) involving Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and Swiss energy company BKW. (afp / nxp)

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