Naturkraft’s gas power station on Kårstø opens

01.11.2007 08:00 | pressrelease

The first commercial gas power station in Norway was opened on 1 November by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dag Terje Andersen. The power station on Kårstø in Rogaland was built by Naturkraft, who will also be operating the plant. The company is owned by StatoilHydro and Statkraft.

The Kårstø plant is the most modern gas power station that has been built in Europe to date. As the first of its kind, the power station has its own Nox treatment plant.

The output of the power station is approximately 420 MW, with an annual production capacity of almost 3.5 TWh. The total investment for the plant is in excess of NOK 2 billion. Naturkraft is owned by StatoilHydro and Statkraft, who each have a 50 per cent holding.

Three gas power stations open

The opening of the Kårstø plant means that all three of the gas power stations in which Statkraft has a share will be opened within the course of a few weeks. The gas power station in Knapsack in Germany (800 MW) was opened by King Harald on 17 October. This power station is wholly owned by Statkraft. The gas power station in Herdecke in Germany (400 MW) was opened on 31 October. This power station is owned by Statkraft along with the German energy company Mark-E. Construction of all three gas power stations began in 2005.