In August 2013, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) granted its final licence for a new 420 kV power line from Ofoten to Balsfjord. This was followed by start-up planning and submission of enquiries for preparatory work and major contracts to pre-qualified tenderers.
The board decision means that the necessary authorisations have been granted, and the project can enter into power line and substation contracts with contractors and suppliers.
“I’m pleased we can start construction of a new power line from Ofoten and northwards,” says Elisabeth Vardheim, Executive Vice President Constructions. “In the far north, the security of supply is vulnerable in winter. The new power line will improve this situation considerably,” she explains.
Construction will start in April/May, and the complete power line work is scheduled to take between three and four years.
The work will involve renovation of four substations (Ofoten, Kvandal, Bardufoss and Balsfjord) and construction of a 150 km new 420 kV power line. In addition, 100 km of 132 kV power lines will be demolished. The construction plans, which take into consideration several factors such as reindeer pasture districts in the area, have been approved for both construction of power lines and substations. Preparatory work such as forest clearing has already started.
The project is estimated to cost between NOK 3.2 and 3.7 billion.
Ofoten - Balsfjord is the first section of a new 420 kV power line. Statnett has applied for a licence to continue the power line all the way to Hammerfest in Finnmark County. The licence from Balsfjord and northwards was appealed and is now being considered by the MPE. A final decision is expected in 2015.
Kirsten Faugstad is project manager for the entire project from Ofoten to Hammerfest.
Contact in Statnett:
Vice President Corporate Communications Berit Erdal: + 47 90 10 98 84