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!