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DONG Energy targets more wind farms in Norway

DONG Energy is to build and run the Norwegian onshore wind farm Nygårdsfjell 2 in the Narvik municipality in Northern Norway.

The wind farm will have a capacity of between 25.3MW and 33 MW, and will be half-owned by the company Nordkraft Vind AS, together with the Norwegian company Nordkraft.

Since 2002 DONG Energy has owned 33% of the hydro power company Nordkraft, and in total now has a 67% share of Nygårdsfjell 2.

“The Nygårdsfjell 2 wind farm represents yet another important step towards our ambition to triple our production of renewable energy by 2020,” says says Christina Grumstrup Sørensen, vice president for Wind Development and Construction at DONG Energy. “At the same time the Nygårdsfjell 2 will strengthen our industrial ownership in the Nordkraft Group”.

“The implementation of Nygårdsfjell 2 will boost the Nordkraft Group wind farm venture. It will contribute to achieving our vision of becoming a leading player in the renewable energy sector in Northern Norway and of reaching the goal of producing 300 GWh generated by wind power over the next 10 years,” says Olaf Larsen, CEO of Nordkraft.

On 9 June 2009 Nordkraft Vind received approval from the Norwegian authorities via ENOVA for a facility grant of DKK 169 million for the project. The expected total investment in Nordkraft Vind before the grant is DKK 0.3 billion.

Nygårdsfjell 2 will help to further develop DONG Energy's experience of setting up onshore farms in mountainous terrain, the company reports. DONG Energy is already in the process of erecting the Storrun wind farm in similar terrain in Sweden, and also owns half of the 6.9 MW Norwegian demonstration farm Nygårdsfjell 1, which has been operating since 2005.

 

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