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Aura power plant

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Aura power plant is located in Sunndalsøra in Sunndal Municipality, Møre and Romsdal County.

  • 1953
    Entered into operation
  • 290 MW
    Installed capacity
  • 1,876.7 GWh
    Annual production

The generating facilities in the area consist of two power stations, Aura and Osbu.

Lake Aursjøen is the main reservoir for both Aura and Osbu power plants, and is regulated between 856 and 828 metres above sea level. Part of the lake lies in the municipality of Lesja. Aura power plant collects water through a 16 km long tunnel from the intake reservoir in Lake Holbuvatnet which is regulated between 793 and 777 metres above sea level. Lake Reinsvatn is also regulated to supply the power plant, with a regulated level between 892 and 874 metres above sea level. Water is also collected from stream intakes.

There are seven Pelton turbines installed. The power station was the first in Statkraft to be built inside a mountain,

Portions of Aura power plant are proposed to be included in Statkraft's national protection plan for cultural heritage buildings.

 

Company Ownership share
Statkraft 100%

 

  • Exterior of Aura power plant
    Aura
    Erling Nystad

    Exterior of Aura power plant.

  • Aura power plant interior
    Aura
    Erling Nystad

    From machine room.

  • View over Sunndalsøra from overnight accommodation area on mountain side
    Aura
    Erling Nystad

    View over Sunndalsøra from overnight accommodation area on mountain side.

  • A train engine from the construction period has been restored and placed outside the power plant
    Aura
    Erling Nystad

    A train engine from the construction period has been restored and placed outside the power plant.

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