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St1 forms joint venture with Norwegian consortium to develop 900MW wind farms

Published 21 March 2017

Norwegian energy company St1 has formed a joint venture with a consortium of Vindkraft Nord and Ny Energi to develop two wind parks with a total capacity of 900MW in Northern Norway.

The joint venture, which will go by the name Grenselandet, will be responsible for the development two wind farms.

The wind power projects include Davvi farm with a capacity of 700MW and the second farm will be Borealis, with a capacity of 200MW.

Both the wind farms, which will be located in the Lebesby and Tana municipalities in Finnmark county, are expected to generate about 3.6 terrawatt hours of electricity annually. 

Located near the Finnmark area, bordering Finland, the project area enables the developers to assess the possibility of connecting the farms to both the Norwegian and Finnish grids.

In the first stage, Grenselandet will focus on developmental work and environmental impact assessment and it could take up to 3 years.

The project is considered to be first one in Norway that can be developed without governmental subsidies. 

Grenselandet project manager Harald Dirdal said: “The project will strengthen the central grid eastwards, and thereby secure a supply of renewable energy for the region. This project, along with the proposed grid concept, will enable development of energy-intensive industries.

“The project will provide Finnmark with the opportunity to contribute to the national emissions target by exploiting their good wind conditions.”

NORWEA CEO Øyvind Isachsen said: “This potentially marks a shift – we are now entering the times of subsidy free renewable energy development. Finnmark’s incredible wind resources mean that this is where the new times begin.

“We will be doing what we can to assist Grenselandet and other wind establishments in Finnmark county on their way to establishing the area as Europe’s foremost wind power area.”