Øyfjellet Wind Park started as a local initiative, with broad support from the local population, industry and among decision-makers. The wind park will be a long-term contributor to employment, growth and development, benefitting the whole region for years to come.
Here, local landowners and industry have joined together to harness natural resources on behalf of industrial development and social welfare.
InNorway, we have been extremely good at making prudent, long-term use of our natural resources for industrial development and social welfare.
Our vision is to be a green value creator, working hand-in-hand with the local community. For us, this means making use of communal resources in considerate interaction with nature and the entire local community.
The whole value chain from construction to operation has made use of local services and business partners. In this way, we have become an important part of local business life, giving extra value back to the local community as well as the value provided by the actual electricity.
At Øyfjellet, we want to make the mountain more accessable to people who previolusly have not been able to enjoy the area covered by the park. We want more people to make use of the natural environment at the same time as we are helping to deal with the climate crisis.
Project Øyfjellet – a thoroughly researched project with local roots
The wind park began as a local project around 2011, and is firmly rooted in the local community.
Øyfjellet Wind Park has been through a thorough licencing process, providing both individuals and organisations with the opportunity to provide comments and suggestions. The project has been adapted and improved on an ongoing basis in keeping with local community feedback.
The licence for the project was granted in 2016, and subsequently updated in 2018.
Construction began in December 2019, and was fully operational in 2022. The wind park is licenced for up to 400MW.
The reindeer herding interests
The licensing decision from NVE includesa thorough assessment in relation to reindeer herding interests. It is of great importance that reindeer owners have access to their winter grazing areas and we will work hard to find good solutions in collaboration with the reindeer herding industry.
Better access to the mountain
The wind park has made the mountains more accessable for a whole new group of users who have not previously had the opportunity to make use of Øyfjellet and the surrounding areas. We have received lots of suggestions from both individuals and organisations as to how the wind park can provide new possibilities for local people.
The new infrastructure makes Øyfjellet and its neighbouring areas readily accessible for hiking, recreation, cycling, uphill racing, fishing trips, skiing and other activities.
During the operational phase, the whole area covered by the Øyfjellet Wind Park will be open to everyone throughout the year. The entire massif will offer free access to non-motorised traffic and the benefits of active use of the area are unquestionable.
Our organisation and business partners
The project company is called Øyfjellet Wind AS, and is led by Erik Mortensen and Joakim Johnsen.
Øyfjellet Wind AS is owned by a long-term investment fund managed by Aquila Capital. The company’s aim in Norway is to promote growth, green industry and green employment through long-term investment in renewable energy. The investors are largely European investors and pension funds with an environmental profile. They manage funds from public employees and other groups that want a long-term, sustainable profile for their investments.
Øyfjellet Wind AS and Aquila Capital have long experience from the Midtfjellet Wind Park in the Municipality of Fitjar on the island of Stord. Everyone involved at Midtfjellet has shown great interest in the local community and the park has been an important contributor to many projects benefitting the population of Fitjar and the surrounding region.
Midtfjellet Wind Park received the prize “Samfunnsbyggeren” in 2022 from the Norwegian Wind Energy Association Norwea.
Eolus Vind Norge has developed the project and been responsible for the construction of the wind park.
Veidekke was the main contractor for the construction work in the park. This includeded the construction of roads, crane pads, turbine foundations, station building and service buildings.
Linka was responsible for the design and installation of the 132 kV transmission line from the wind park to Marka substation at Mosjøen, where energy from the park enters the national grid. The transmission line is about 10km long and a combination of overhead lines and cables.
Helgeland Kraft owns the main grid and is responsible for connecting the power transmission line to Marka substation by means of a 132 kV main breaker inside Marka substation. The construction contribution covers all expenses involved, therefore ensuring that the development of Øyfjellet Wind Park will not lead to increased grid rental costs for consumers in the area.
Nordex Energy GmbH was responsible for the delivery and installation – as well as service and maintenance – of the wind turbines, and is set to become a long-term member of the local business community.
Øyfjellet Wind Park, project organisation
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