Norway utility opens 2.9-MW Rodberg

Norway utility Statkraft has begun operation of the 2.9-MW Rodberg hydroelectric project in Norway’s Buskerud County.

The project utilizes 60 percent of the water drop between the 206-MW Nore 1 and 63-MW Nore 2 hydro projects by using the minimum flow release from Rodberg Dam. The plant is to have an average annual generation of 15.5 gigawatt-hours.

�This plant is an exemplary illustration of the fact that there is still a lot to be had from our clean and renewable hydropower sources,� Statkraft Executive Vice President Siri Hatlen said of the project startup January 20.

Statkraft said development of Rodberg meets the government’s and Statkraft’s goal of upgrading and extending its existing hydropower projects.

In December, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy 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. (HNN 12/31/08)

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