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Vesle Kjela power plant

Norway / Hydropower / Power plant

Vesle Kjela power plant uses a 48-metre height of fall between Lake Kjelavatn and Lake Førsvatn in the Tokke watercourse in Vinje Municipality in Vestfold and Telemark County.

The power plant will have an installed capacity of 8.5 MW (vertical Francis turbine) and an annual production of about 40 GWh. 

The power plant is located inside a mountain just south of Lake Kjelavatn. Vesle Kjela power plant has a head race tunnel connected to the bypass tunnel from Lake Kjelavatn. The outlet tunnel from the power plant enters the existing diversion tunnel to Førsvatn.

Extensive use of existing infrastructure means that the project will have a modest impact on the natural terrain and environment.

Construction of the power plant started in April 2019 the plant was commissioned in December 2022.

Vesle Kjela power plant

Construction of Vesle Kjela power plant

Key facts

  • Production 40 GWh
  • Installed capacity: 8.5 MW
  • Commissioned Q4 2021
  • 100% Statkraft ownership

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