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Consent for use of new reserve power plant at Tjeldbergodden

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has granted Statnett SF (Statnett) consent to test and use its reserve power plant at Tjeldbergodden in Aure municipality in Møre og Romsdal County.

Tjeldbergodden (kilde: Statoil)

Statoil's facility at Tjeldbergodden (pictured) in Aure municipality in Nordmøre utilises gas from the Heidrun field and presently consists of four plants (gas terminal, air gas plant, methanol plant and LNG plant). Tjeldbergodden is the only industrial site in Norway which refines natural gas.

Statnett is a state enterprise reporting to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Statnett is one of the responsible players in the Norwegian energy system. The enterprise is responsible for ensuring efficient operations in a social economy perspective and for developing the main power grid.

Link:About Statnett SF (Statnett's website)

Source: NVEThe power plant
The mobile reserve power plant (pictured) is based on natural gas and is owned and operated by Statnett.

The power plant is located in Statoil's industrial area at Tjeldbergodden and helps to handle any short-term energy problems when reservoirs or inflow are not sufficient to cover the Tjeldbergodden facility's need for energy.

The power plant will be ready for operation from 1 January 2008. It must be possible to move the facility if a very strained energy situation should arise elsewhere in Norway. However, the consent applies to Tjeldbergodden only.

The reserve power plant is a MobilePac type facility from Pratt&Whitney which can be transported by airplane and yield an output of 150 MW.

Putting the facility into operation will be related to the existence of a very strained energy situation and is contingent upon permission being granted by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) through an administrative decision.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss