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Buheii Wind Farm

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April 2020

Buheii Wind Farm

Project summary

  • Wind turbines

    19 Vestas V150 turbines 

  • Operational

    Buheii Wind Farm will become operational in late 2021

  • Kvinesdal

    Buheii Wind Farm is located in Kvinesdal, Southern Norway 

  • 79.8 MW

    Buheii Wind Farm will have an installed capacity of 79.8 MW

  • 375 kt CO2e

    Over its operational lifetime it will reduce emissions by 375 kt CO2e

  • 80 - 100 jobs

    The project will support 80 – 100 jobs during construction


Supporting jobs and the Norwegian economy

GIG is committed to ensuring Buheii Wind Farm brings economic benefit to the local community. Construction of the wind farm will support 80 – 100 jobs and two Norwegian companies, including RISA AS - one of Norway’s largest construction contractors - have been selected to complete the main civil and overhead lines works. RISA will carry out all groundwork, foundations, roads and internal cables on the project. The full contractor shortlist will be announced in due course.

Property tax from the project will also contribute about NOK 8 million annually in revenues for the municipalities. It has also set aside earmarked funds for business investment in Kvinesdal through a separate wind power fund. The fund has a total amount of just over 10 NOK million.

In addition, the project will support upgrades to the quay in Kleven, invest in traffic safety measures on county road 465 and support the local business community by renting premises from the local ski resort for the workforce.

Delivering power to industry

Wind energy can play an important role preserving and supporting the growth of Norwegian industry by providing access to predictable supplies of competitively priced renewable energy through long-term power purchase agreements.

 

The Buheii project will provide power to local cornerstone employer Eramet Norway until 2038, ensuring a stable and long-term power supply to Eramet Norway's Norwegian smelters. With an electricity demand of more than 2 TWh per annum, the company relies on long-term and predictable power conditions to ensure stable and efficient operation in its processing plants in Porsgrunn, Sauda and Kvinesdal.

Protection of local wildlife

Minimising impacts on nature and the environment has been central to the development of Buheii wind farm.  A full assessment of potential impacts on local biodiversity has been undertaken and assessed by the regulator, NVE.

Buheii Wind Farm is committed to ensure that no nesting sites are disturbed by the construction work. We are continuously investigating whether there may be nesting sites within the regulated area, in line with recommendations from wildlife experts, the regulator NVE and the county governor. Mitigation measures are being taken to prevent any disturbance of nesting areas.

The project will implement an NVE approved action plan to protect Hubro (Eagle Owl) in the area, which includes undertaking further surveys on Hubro activity pre and post construction. It will also support an independent Hubro survey program initiated by the County Governor in Agder. The site boundary is over 1 kilometer away from the closest registered Hubro location as required by NVE.

All GIG investments must also pass through a robust internal green impact assessment process before they are approved.  Every approved investment is subject to detailed green impact monitoring, spanning all aspects of its green performance. Find out more in our Green Investment Handbook.

Green Investment Group

GIG is the developer of Buheii Wind Farm, and took ownership of Buheii Vindkraft AS from Nordisk Vindkraft in 2020. GIG is a leading global green investor and project developer, dedicated to supporting the growth of the global green economy. 

Established as the world’s first green investment bank by the UK Government in 2012, it was acquired by the Macquarie Group in 2017. For more information on GIG please see About us.

The project team

Eric Bjonerud

Eric Bjonerud 

Senior Vice President, Green Investment Group

Eric is responsible for procurement and development of Green Investment Group's renewable power projects in EMEA. Eric is heavily involved in Nordic projects, and for three years has been involved in four of the company's transactions in the Nordic market. Prior to joining Macquarie, Eric worked at PNC Bank and First Wind / Sunedison. He has more than 10 years of experience with renewable power projects in origin, development, mergers and acquisitions and financing.

Tomas Tuominen

Tomas

Vice President, Green Investment Group

Tomas has been responsible for Green Investment Group's power purchase agreements with industrial customers and major power companies. He has 10 years of power market experience in the field of renewable energy and other energy products. Prior to joining Macquarie, Tomas held a senior role in GE Renewable Energy where he led negotiations on the company's power agreements. Tomas also has backgrounds from Statkraft Energi and Bank of America.

Leon Notkevich

Leon Eliassen

 

CEO Buheii Vindpark AS

Leon Eliassen Notkevich is the general manager of Buheii Wind Park, and will be the local representative during the construction phase of this project. Leon has more than 17 years of experience in renewable and electrical infrastructure projects from early phase development to commissioning and delivery to operation. Leon has held various roles in several offshore wind and onshore wind projects in Scandinavia and the UK. He has a background from Statkraft, where he led a team of engineers and project managers in the company's offshore wind efforts.


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