Norway utility Statkraft brought the 6.2-MW Palsbu hydroelectric project on line October 9 at the existing Palsbu Dam on Palsbufjorden above Tunhovd Fjord.
Statkraft said plans for the project have been on the drawing board for years, but financial and technical conditions have only recently made the project feasible. Construction began in February 2006.
The project features the existing concrete dam, a new concrete powerhouse, and a Kaplan turbine operating at heads varying from 5 to 15 meters and flows of 53 cms. It is to generate 22 GWh annually.
Statkraft said Palsbu is the first hydro project in Norway to utilize an environmentally adapted turbine and hydraulic oils.
�Palsbu power plant is a future-oriented project that exemplifies the new, environment-friendly way to utilize hydropower,� Statkraft President Bard Mikkelsen said. �It protects nature and is more efficient than before.�