Statkraft and Catamount announce construction of Blaengwen Wind Farm

14.03.2008 08:00 | pressrelease

Today Statkraft and Catamount Energy Corporation announced that Siemens Wind Power has been selected to provide turbines for the Blaengwen Wind Farm in Wales. The project is a partnership of a Catamount affiliate and Statkraft and will be the first of the partners’ four wind power projects in the UK to be completed.

Blaengwen Wind Farm is planned for a range of hills near Pencader north of the town of Carmarthen in South Wales. The wind farm will consist of 10 wind turbines from Siemens and will have a total installed capacity of 23 MW.

Commercial operations in 2009

Turbine deliveries will start in the summer of 2009 and the wind farm will enter into commercial operations by autumn 2009. The plans for the wind farm were approved by Carmarthenshire County Councillors in March 2007.

The project has been developed by Force 9 Energy in partnership with Catamount Cymru Cyf (CCC), who will be the owners of Blaengwen Wind Farm. Norwegian Statkraft and the American Catamount Energy Corporation each own half of CCC. The companies are working together on a number of wind power projects and have also applied for consent for a further three wind farms on the UK mainland.

“This is a significant milestone in our development team’s efforts to bring additional renewable energy to Wales”, says Managing Director Bruce Peacock of Catamount.

“Statkraft aims to be a leader within wind power onshore as well as offshore in Northwest Europe and there are two fundamental reasons for us to invest heavily in the UK. There are good wind conditions here and also the best financial incentive schemes in Northern Europe today,” says Managing Director Eivind Torblaa of Statkraft UK Ltd.

Catamount is a developer, owner, and operator of wind energy projects and has been in the business of providing clean, cost-competitive electricity in the U.S. and Europe for 14 years. More information regarding Catamount is available on its web site at www.catenergy.com.

The Statkraft Group is a European leader within renewable energy. The Group generates hydropower, wind power, gas power and district heating and 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 2007 Statkraft posted a profit after tax of NOK 6.6 billion, and employed around 2,250 employees in ten countries. The world needs pure energy. This is what Statkraft delivers – every day.

Force 9, based in Buckinghamshire, was founded in 2002 and is committed to the development and long-term ownership of sensitively sited wind farm projects across the UK. The management team have many years experience of wind power projects.

www.statkraft.com and www.catenergy.com