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Norway
Lars Petter Pettersen

Bitdalsdammen

Svartisen power plant

Norway / Hydropower / Power plant

Svartisen power plant is located inside a mountain at the head of Holandsfjorden in the municipality of Meløy in Nordland County.

  • 1993
    Entered into operation
  • 600 MW
    Installed capacity
  • 2,195.5 GWh
    Annual production

The power station was completed in 1993 with a generating unit of 350 MW, the largest in Norway at the time. Another generating unit of 250 MW was added in 2010. Both units are equipped with Francis turbines. Svartisen power plant utilizes a height of fall of 585 metres.

Svartisen power plant receives water from both Rana and Beiarn municipalities, and from a number of rivers and streams west of the Svartisen glacier – a network consisting of a total of 100 kilometres of tunnels with about 50 stream intakes. The power plant also utilizes melt water from Svartisen through a larger intake below the glacier In addition, Svartisen power plant makes use of the catchment areas that were previously used by Glomfjord power plant (see separate information page).

The main reservoir and intake reservoir is Lake Storglomvatn. It is the largest in terms of water volume and holds 3.5 billion cubic metres when full. The power plant is equipped with a large internal sand trap to collect glacial sediments that might otherwise end up entering the turbines. A laboratory has been established for glacier research under Svartisen.

Like many other of Statkraft's large plants from the 1980s and 1990s, the plans for Svartisen power plant were drawn by architect Egil Sorteberg.

 

Company Ownership share
Statkraft 70%
Norland County Council 30%
  • Svartisen power plant reception building
    Svartisen
    Erling Nystad

    The entry portal to Svartisen power plant sits below imposing glaciers.

  • Machine hall with generating units, lighting and bare rock wall.
    Svartisen
    Ole Kjartan Gjelseth

    Machine hall with generating units, lighting and bare rock wall.

  • This turbine shaft gives an idea of the giant dimensions involved.
    Svartisen
    Ole Kjartan Gjelseth

    This turbine shaft gives an idea of the giant dimensions involved.

  • The ball valve regulates a water flow of up to 70 000 litres per second.
    Svartisen
    Ole Kjartan Gjelseth

    The ball valve regulates a water flow of up to 70 000 litres per second.

  • Lake Storglomvatn near Svartisen
    Svartisen
    Statkraft

    Lake Storglomvatn

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