The world's most northerly windmill park opened

June 4, 2003, 01:00 CEST

Oil and Energy Minister Einar Steensnæs officially opened the Havøygavlen windmill park in northern Norway on Wednesday.

The windpower plant on the island of Måsøy in Finnmark, the world’s most northerly windpark, has been in operation since October 2002 and will have an annual electrical power production of roughly 120 GWh. This is equivalent to the annual consumption of 5,000 to 6,000 Norwegian households.

"This windpower project has been made possible by means of a creative collaboration between Norsk Hydro and the Dutch energy company Nuon, by combining sales of green certificates on the Dutch market and electrical power from Havøygavlen in Finnmark," says Hydro Energy sector president, Hilde Myrberg.

"Green certificates represent the overall environmental value that can be ascribed to this type of power production and it is the sale of these certificates that have made this project financially attractive," says Myrberg.

16 windmills

The windpower plant consists of 16 2.5 MW windmills, making the total installed effect of the park 40 MW. The windmills were supplied, installed and are run by Nordex, a Dano-German company using the latest windpower technology. Havøygavlen windmill park is situated in an area where wind conditions are excellent and the average wind speed is more than nine metres/second.

Total investments amount to NOK 310 million. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) has provided a NOK 65 million subsidy.

The company Arctic Wind A.S. owns the Havøygavlen windmill park. Nuon holds a 53.5% interest in this company, while Hydro has a 41.5% stake. The windpower park developer, Norsk Miljøkraft, has an ownership interest of 5%.

The first, but scarcely the last

This is Norsk Miljøkraft and Hydro's first windpower project.

"Based on the experience gained from this project, and if market trends justify it, Hydro will consider the extensive development of windpower in Norway and other European countries," says Myrberg.

"Hydro is now looking into the development of a windmill park on Harbaksfjell near Trondheim that can be completed by 2005. But this will depend on the project being granted a licence, and on the conditions imposed by the authorities in Norway being conducive to the development of new renewable energy," she emphasizes.