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    Statnett is upgrading the power grid in the west


    November 29, 2022 - Contify Energy News

     

      Statnett 's area plan for the Bergen area and Haugalandet shows that there is a great need for more grid capacity in this region to meet the increase in consumption and to facilitate new industry and electrification. Statnett plans to strengthen the network through a step-by-step development. The first measures make it possible to link to more consumption in both the Bergen area and in Haugalandet. This is the first step in the work to develop a future-oriented power grid in the region, and it facilitates good capacity for green business development and continued high security of supply.

      Original Press Release:

      Nov. 28 -- Statnett issued the following news release:

      - Statnett's board has dealt with a number of projects that will maintain progress in network development in Vestland and Nord-Rogaland.

      - Until 2030, we will invest NOK 60-100 billion to strengthen the central electricity grid. One of the areas that will see the greatest activity is the area around Bergen, by the Sognefjord and on Haugalandet, says Executive Director Elisabeth Vike Vardheim at Statnett.

      - Today's decisions show that we are following through on our ambitions for a high pace in our work to strengthen and develop the transmission network. In order to be able to establish new green industry and reach the climate targets, we have little time. We have put a new strategy in place and established area plans to optimize network development, and now we will make sure we do our part to get there in time, says Vardheim.

      Statnett 's area plan for the Bergen area and Haugalandet shows that there is a great need for more grid capacity in this region to meet the increase in consumption and to facilitate new industry and electrification. Statnett plans to strengthen the network through a step-by-step development. The first measures make it possible to link to more consumption in both the Bergen area and in Haugalandet. This is the first step in the work to develop a future-oriented power grid in the region, and it facilitates good capacity for green business development and continued high security of supply.

      Construction will start for the cable project between Haugsvær and Lindås north of Bergen. The project received a license from the authorities in August and will double the capacity over the Fensfjord. Expected completion is 2024, and the project will in the short term contribute to significantly better capacity in the grid for the establishment of new consumption and electrification north of Bergen, in anticipation of larger grid development initiatives in the region. Together with the Øygard cable from Litle Sotra to Kollsnes, for which the board made an investment decision in the same meeting, the Fensfjord cable is a prerequisite for connecting more consumption in the area and increasing supply reliability around Øygarden.

      The board also made investment decisions for several other projects, and Statnett can proceed with preparations and detailed planning towards a final license decision from the authorities and a decision on start-up:

      * Blåfalli-Gismarvik will contribute to meeting the electricity needs of new and existing industry, businesses with new jobs and connection to the electrification of the petroleum industry, as well as any connection to future offshore wind.

      * The new Onarheim transformer station at Husnes in Kvinnherad will improve security of supply, facilitate future grid reinforcements and new consumption, and have better functionality than what we have in the existing station.

      * Statnett will build a new transformer station on Karmøy, as the existing station is old and in great need of renewal. The new station will ensure security of supply for important industry and to provide the opportunity for the connection of new consumption and the possible connection of production from offshore wind.

      Aurland-Sogndal starts construction

      It is also ready for the start of construction for upgrading to 420 kV on the line between Aurland and Sogndal and upgrading the Aurland substation. There is a need for renewal of this part of the network, and the expansion is taking place as a result of the consumption development we expect in the Bergen area and new power generation that has arrived north of the Sognefjord and in central Norway. There is a need for increased capacity between Central Norway and Western Norway, where Aurland-Sogndal has been a bottleneck that provides limited transmission in the network at the Sognefjord. Statnett has already started minor construction works in the project, such as forest clearing, road improvement and establishment of base sites. With the decision to start construction, construction activities in the project will increase, with the aim of commissioning during 2025.

      Disclaimer: The Above Content is Auto-Translated

      Source: Statnett

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