Investigations to be initiated for Moldalsknuten wind power plant

The municipal council of Sokndal municipality has agreed to investigate the Moldalsknuten wind power plant. It is the first municipality south of Finnmark to give the green light after the government last year reopened for new wind power concessions.

  • "We are happy that we now have the opportunity to investigate the project. And investigating is the keyword here. Based on the new concession process, we will now ensure that we obtain a knowledge base of what a wind power project in this area could mean in terms of advantages and disadvantages," says Magnus Grinde", project manager at Norsk Vind AS.

The Moldaksnuten wind power plant is a project planned adjacent to the existing Tellenes wind power plant. This means that there are turbines and infrastructure on three sides already. In addition, it is located in close proximity to the Titania mines, while a new industrial area for power-intensive industries is also planned nearby.

  • "We see that this project initiative in many ways responds to what seems to be the attitude of many today, namely that onshore wind power should primarily be built in connection with existing infrastructure," says Grinde.

We are talking about 7-11 turbines with an installed capacity of up to 50 MW, which corresponds to the power consumption of approximately 10,000 households. The investment estimate is 550-650 million Norwegian kroner. A preliminary notification has now been sent to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), and a formal kickoff meeting between NVE, the municipality, the county governor, and the developer will be an important first meeting point to ensure that an open and transparent process is established that can provide trust in the investigations to be carried out."

  • "We look forward to a good cooperation with the municipality and other stakeholders where mutual exchange of information can hopefully facilitate good processes," continues Grinde.

The shaded area illustrates the project area for the Moldalsknuten wind power plant

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