Young anglers and rock blasting museum to be awarded funds from the Statkraft Fund

11.05.2007 08:00 | pressrelease

The Statkraft Fund is awarding the Norwegian Rock Blasting Museum in Lillehammer and the Association of Norwegian Hunters and Anglers’ fishing club for children and young people a total of NOK 2 million. This is the third year in a row that Statkraft has supported causes that benefit the community through the Statkraft Fund.

“The recipients of this year’s funds represent quite different activities, but both are connected to our business in their own special way,” remarked President and CEO Bård Mikkelsen.

Rock blasting has been an integral part of the work Statkraft has performed in extending its hydropower facilities. Power plants constructed in the last 50 years have generally been built into mountains using unique Norwegian competence in the field of rock blasting technology. This has helped extend facilities in a much more controlled manner with significantly less impact on nature. The production of pure energy from hydropower can now be increased in many plants by measures including extending tunnels through blasting.

The Norwegian Rock Blasting Museum shows the extent to which the development of hydropower in Norway represented future-oriented pioneering work. The history of rock blasting is narrated by means of an authentic and dramatic tour through a 240 metre long tunnel in conjunction with the Norwegian Road Museum in Lillehammer. The museum opened in 2004 and needs to complete the exhibition with machines and lights and sound and pictures in order to convey this particular aspect of the development of modern Norwegian society.

Fishing is an outdoor activity taken up by a great number of enthusiasts. As Norway’s largest energy producer, one of Statkraft’s aims is to maintain good fishing conditions in the watercourses where the company is active. Statistics show that Statkraft is the watercourse regulator in some of Norway’s best salmon rivers. It is therefore particularly pleasing to be able to support the Association of Norwegian Hunters and Anglers’ initiatives to stimulate interest in angling and outdoor activities. The angling club actively encourages many children and young people to use nature in a sustainable manner. Activities such as fishing competitions, outdoor camps and angling schools provide youngsters with an opportunity to experience the pleasures of the outdoor life at first hand. The angling club disseminates knowledge of nature in a positive manner that encourages children to be physically active and gain a basic understanding of water life.

An internal jury at Statkraft was given the task of evaluating a total of 30 applications. The Norwegian Rock Blasting Museum in Lillehammer was awarded NOK 1.5 million, while the Association of Norwegian Hunters and Anglers’ fishing club for children and young people received NOK 0.5 million.

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The Statkraft Group is a leading player in Europe within renewable energy. The Group generates hydropower, wind power and district heating and constructs gas power plants in Norway and Germany. Statkraft is a major player on the European energy exchanges. In Norway the company supplies electricity and heat to around 600,000 customers through its shareholdings in other companies. In 2006 Statkraft recorded a profit after tax of NOK 7.6 billion, and employed more than 2,100 employees in eight countries. The world needs pure energy. Statkraft works to deliver this every day.