The Stamåsen wind farm enters operation – first stage of largest wind energy project in Norrland
26.09.2013 08:00 | pressrelease
The Stamåsen wind farm, part of the largest wind energy project in Norrland County, Sweden, opens today. The farm comprises 26 wind turbines, which are expected to deliver approx. 200 GWh annually, enough to supply 36 000 houses or 96 000 apartments.
Stamåsen is located in the Strömsund and Sollefteå municipalities. Investments in the farm total SEK one billion. The farm is operated by Statkraft SCA Vind AB, which is owned 60 per cent by Statkraft and 40 per cent by SCA.
“We’re proud and happy that the Stamåsen wind farm is now in operation. Statkraft is Europe’s leading renewable energy company and we will continue to be so. Over the course of a few years we have decided on a total of SEK 8.8 billion wind energy investments in Sweden, This is an important part of our work to secure a sustainable future,” says Jakob Norström, managing director of SSVAB.
“As the largest private forest owner in Europe, SCA has excellent wind conditions in the forests of northern Sweden,” says Kenneth Eriksson, chair of SSVAB. “The partnership with Statkraft is the first major wind energy project SCA has entered into, and our goal is to produce more than five TWh wind energy from SCA-held land by 2020.”
Stamåsen is a part of an investment in several wind farms in western Norrland and Jämtland counties, and it is one of the largest wind energy investments in Sweden. An additional three wind farms are currently being constructed in western Norrland and Jämtland: Mörttjärnberget, Björkhöjden and Ögonfägnaden. In total, the project includes 186 wind turbines and when completed, the wind farms will contribute 1.6 TWh annually. The renewable energy from these farms, which could replace fossil fuels, will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than one million tonnes annually.
During the development phase, the wind farms will create 300 jobs, of which one third is expected to be local. During the operations phase, the wind farms will create 50 jobs year round, and approx. 35 season jobs during the summer.
Further information is available at www.vindkraftnorr.se. Photos from Stamåsen and the official opening will be made available at this site for download and publication. If video is desired, please contact one of the contacts.
Statkraft is Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy and is Sweden’s fourth largest power producer. The company owns, produces and develops hydropower, wind power, gas-fired power and district heating. Statkraft is a major player in European power trading and has 3600 employees in more than 20 countries.
Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget, SCA, is a global hygiene and forest company, which develops and produces personal hygiene products, soft paper and wood products. The products are marketed in about 100 countries. SCA has several well-known brands, TENA and Tork are global. SCA is also Europe’s largest private forest owner.