Statkraft stalls hydro and wind projects due to COVID-19

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Norwegian energy company Statkraft has put three construction projects on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The projects on hold are the 100-MW Tidong hydropower project in India, the 52-MW Los Lagos hydropower project in Chile, and the 43-MW Windy Rig wind farm in Scotland.

The Tidong hydropower project was acquired by Statkraft in 2018 as part of the company’s strategy to develop renewable energy generation. Tidong is located on the Tidong River in Himachal Pradesh.

Additionally, the Los Lagos hydropower project began in late 2019 and is located on the Pilmaiquen River, downstream of Statkraft’s 52.5-MW Rucatayo hydropower plant. The project was estimated to be completed by 2022; however, COVID-19 will delay the process.

Meanwhile, work on the 184-MW Moglice hydropower project in Albania is continuing. Construction works are completed and the project is now in the final process of commissioning. Statkraft expects commercial operations to start in the second quarter of this year.

Construction on the Moglice hydropower project came to a halt in 2016 due to the death of three workers by rockslide. Nevertheless, the project has recovered and is a major component of the 280-MW Devoll hydroelectric complex.

Construction of of Fosen Vind, Europe’s largest onshore wind power project in central Norway, is also continuing.

Three out of Fosen Vind’s six wind farms are already in operation. Statkraft says: “The plan is to have the remaining three wind farms in operation by the end of the year. Turbine supplier Vestas is preparing to complete the developments with erection of 100 turbines from Easter onwards.”

It adds that the development pace of the project “will be adapted to the government restrictions considering the COVID-19 situation. Mobilization of personnel will take place gradually and is planned in close dialogue with suppliers, the municipal administration and local health authorities. All activities and measures are planned with regard to infection control and to the safety of both staff and locals.”

This article was adapted from one previously published on Power Engineering International.

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