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2600 windmills proposed along the coast

Norway may build the world’s largest concentration of wind power stations. A total of 2600 windmills may spring up along the Norwegian coastline.

The plans are currently being discussed at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE), and it may result in as much as 2600 windmills, according to the Norwegian daily Aftenposten.

Investigations indicates that Finnmark is among the best areas in the world to produce wind power as the wind is stable and the landscape is suitable for development. The plan is therefore to put up as much as 1800 in this area alone.

The windmills will potentially be able to produce as much power as 20 Alta power stations, equal to the annual consumption of 400,000 households.

“We are surprised by the enormous interest and the number of applications,” said Arne Olsen, section manager at the license department at NVE to the paper. “We suspect that the people behind the applications expect a framework agreement which make wind power profitable. At the same time, the developers are taking the political ambitions regarding wind power seriously.”

However, the windmills will at several locations be in conflict with reindeer industry and the Norwegian military. In addition to protection codes, these interests may put a stop to many of the projects.

To realize a project like this will require massive funding. Only on Varangerhalvøya, more specific Berlevåg, Båtsfjord and Vardø, the company Varanger Kraft AS may invest as much as NOK 7 billion (USD 1 billion) in wind power production.

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