Norway approves construction of 64-MW Eiriksdal

Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has issued a permit to Statkraft Energi AS to build the 64-MW Eiriksdal hydroelectric project on the Dale River in Norway’s Sogn og Fjordane County.

“The additional development will provide access to new production and be an important contribution to the government’s drive for more renewable energy,” Petroleum and Energy Minister Terje Riis-Johansen said.

As part of the project, power lines in the Dalsdalen Valley will be removed and the K2 and K3 hydropower plants in the Hoyanger River system will be shut down and demolished. The result will be a net increase in generating capacity of 36 MW and annual generation of 80 gigawatt-hours.

Flows in the Dale River are to be increased throughout the year, a positive result for salmon and sea trout stocks, Statkraft said. A precipitation catchment of 72 square kilometers is to be returned to the rivers.

Statkraft applied for the project license in 2005. The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate endorsed the project, which is expected to require three years to build, going on line in 2011 or 2012.

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