Wind farms temporarily closed to public

27.08.2007 08.00 | pressrelease

Starting today, Statkraft’s wind farms at Smøla, Hitra and Kjøllefjord will be temporarily closed to the general public.

Statkraft has decided to temporarily close its three wind farms to the public, owing to the breakdown of a windmill in the U.S., since the cause of that accident is not yet known. The damaged windmill was made by the same supplier that produced the 109 windmills operating at Statkraft’s three facilities at Smøla, Hitra and Kjøllefjord.

All work on the windmills’ nacelle (engine room) has also been halted, as directed by the producer. The facilities will continue to produce power as usual, but out of concern for public safety the facilities will be temporarily closed to the public starting today.

“Safety is our topmost consideration, and we want to be on the safe side until the cause of the U.S. accident has been determined,” said Statkraft spokesperson Knut Fjerdingstad.

The Statkraft Group is a leading player in Europe within renewable energy. The Group generates hydropower, wind power and district heating and constructs gas power plants in Norway and Germany. Statkraft is a major player on the European energy exchanges. In Norway the company supplies electricity and heat to around 600,000 customers through its shareholdings in other companies. In 2006 Statkraft recorded a profit after tax of NOK 6.3 billion, and employed more than 2,100 employees in eight countries. The world needs pure energy. Statkraft works to deliver this every day.