Øyfjellet is Eolus Vind’s largest permitted project to date regardless of market and is located in the Municipality of Vefsn in Nordland, Norway.
The project began as a local initiative, which explains the strong local support for the project from the outset. ØyfjelletVindpark received final concession from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (OED) in November 2016 and consists of about 90 wind turbines.
|Estimert produksjon||ca 1,3 TWh|
Eolus starts cooperation with local developer
Simplified pre-study carried out
Project study conducted för concession application
Concession application sent in
NVE grants the project permission
OED grants the project final permission för conssesion rights
Eolus Vind AS applies for capacity reserve
NVE grants 400 MW in capacity
MTA-plan sent to NVE
Start road construction
Start turbine foundation
Wind turbines in place
In the spring of 2018, Eolus applied for a concession modification from the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), due to a request of clarification from NVE regarding the design of the grid connection. In conjunction with this, the project also applied to increase the capacity from 330 to 400 MW. The concession modification was approved by the NVE in October 2018. Eolus is aiming to realize the project within the framework of the Swedish-Norwegian Electricity Certificate System.
The area encompassed by the concession can be seen on the map below. The red line marks the southern boundary, as the southern area was omitted from the concession due to other interests. Full documentation and details regarding the concession can be found at nve.no
The MTA plan was sent to NVE in May 2019 and the project is now waiting for a decision from the authority. The MTA is conducted in consultation with involved authorities and stakeholders (municipality, outdoor life associations, land owners and the local reindeer group). During the work, Eolus has decided not to place any wind turbines in the Øyfjellet area around Stortuva since such a solution would have resulted in larger consequences than the concession application described. The change of the concession area is applied for to meet input regarding nature, environment and reindeer husbandry. As shown in the map in the MTA, a number of small extensions/adjustments of the concession area is applied for. The extension is due to the move of all wind turbines from Øyfjellet, consideration of reindeer moving path and the wish for a gentle crossing of a steep section. The extension is assessed not to entail any changed impacts on the wind farm. The number of wind turbines in the western parts of the concession area has however not increased since concession was applied for, thanks to the technology development which has resulted in increased capacity per wind turbine.
During the summer of 2019, it was decided that the park will be owned by the investment company Aquila Capital. Aquila has for several years been the owner of Norwegian small scale hydropower and the Norwegian wind park Midtfjellet in Hordaland, which consists of 55 wind turbines. (More information about Midfjellet: https://midtfjellet.no/) Eolus Vind has been entrusted by Aquila to build the park and to provide technical, operational and administrative services for 15 years.
Wind measurements are ongoing at three places within the project area, this work was started in the fall of 2017. The measurements have shown good results, as expected.
The work on procurement of wind turbines, power line to Marka, as well as all construction work in the wind farm, such as road construction, foundation, crane space, internal cable network and transformer station is ongoing and contract signing is expected during autumn / winter 2019.
To date, the project has involved a number of different players, including Kjeller Vindteknikk, Norconsult, Multiconsult, Ramböll, Mast och Tornunderhåll, Insitu and Nordlandsfly.
A 15-year power purchase agreement has been signed with Alcoa, which will purchase all of the electricity generated by the wind farm to supply renewable local electricity to its facility in Mosjøen. Eolus is delighted that the electricity generated locally can directly support the local community!