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Reinforsen power plant

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Reinforsen power plant is located at the village of Skonseng in Rana Municipality in Nordland County.

  • 1925
    Entered into operation
  • 3 MW
    Installed capacity
  • 26.7 GWh
    Annual production

The power plant is located 11 kilometres above the mouth of the Rana River at Mo i Rana and uses the height of fall of 25.6 metres in the Reinforsen rapids.

The power plant has two generating units equipped with Francis turbines. The power plant has a long history starting from when it was commissioned in 1925. Dunderland Iron Ore Company was responsible for the development and operation of Reinforsen until 1950.

The turbines have a maximum discharge of 19 cubic metres of water per second which enters the plant via a tunnel and then through a wooden penstock. The penstock is 150 metres long and has a diameter of 3.2 metres. Penstocks with this type of construction were widely used in the past, but there are very few still operating today.

 

Company Ownership share
Statkraft 100%

 

  • Reinforsen power plant
    Reinforsen
    Erling Nystad

    The power plant building is constructed of concrete.

  • Reinforsen power plant building
    Reinforsen
    Erling Nystad

    Reinforsen power plant building

  • Penstock at Reinforsen power plant
    Reinforsen
    Erling Nystad

    The 150-meter-long penstock to the power plant is of wood construction and is still in use.

  • Reinforsen
    Reinforsen
    Erling Nystad

    There are high water levels at times in the Rana River at Reinforsen.

  • Machine hall at Reinforsen power plant
    Reinforsen
    Karl H. Ystanes

    Machine hall at Reinforsen power plant

  • Reinforsen dam gates
    Reinforsen
    Statkraft

    Reinforsen dam gates

  • Reinforsen power plant interior
    Reinforsen
    Bjørn Grane

    Reinforsen power plant interior

  • Reinforsen power plant interior
    Reinforsen
    Bjørn Grane

    Reinforsen power plant interior

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