The longest power line in Norway
Statnett is planning to build what will become the longest power line in Norway. More than 500-kilometre long line will pass through three counties and help develop an entire region.
In May 2012, the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate granted Statnett a licence for the construction and operation of a 420 kV power line from Ofoten in the north of Nordland County, via Balsfjord in Troms, and all the way to Hammerfest in Finnmark County. The input that Statnett received prior to the licence decision has contributed to a good solution which will significantly improve security of supply in the region.
In January 2013, the Statnett Board of Directors made an investment decision in principle for the southern section from Ofoten to Balsfjord. At the same time, the Board of Directors decided that the work on the northern section from Balsfjord to Skaidi will continue with the aim of realising the whole project.
The power line will play a key part in the further development and growth in the northernmost region in Norway. Moreover, the project will pave the way for new renewable energy production in the region and make up an important part of the next generation main grid.