In a letter dated 6 November 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) granted its consent for use of Statnett's reserve power plant at Tjeldbergodden (link). This consent was conditional on the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (STF) issuing an emission permit valid until 2010.
STF has now issued a new emission permit valid until 1 July 2014, and our new consent reflects this new condition.
The power plant has been in operational standby mode since 1 January 2008. The intention is to be able to move the plant if an extremely tight power situation should arise in another region of Norway. The consent, however, applies only to Tjeldbergodden.
The reserve power plant is a MobilePac type unit from Pratt&Whitney. It can be transported in aircraft and has an output of up to 150 MW.
The plant will be commissioned in the event of a very strained power situation, and requires that the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) issues its consent to start-up the plant by means of an administrative decision.