Upgrading Mestervik switching station

Statnett has been granted a licence for reconstruction and expansion of Mestervik switching station in Balsfjord. The upgraded facility is scheduled for completion and operation by the end of 2013.

In May 2012, the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) granted Statnett a licence for reconstruction and expansion of the Mestervik switching station in Balsfjord municipality in Troms. In the autumn of the same year, first ground was broken for the earthwork. This work involved re-laying of the temporary 132 kV cable between Bardufoss and Kvaløya. The work is now completed and the cable is in operation.

INEO, a French company with 14 500 employees, has been awarded the turnkey contract for Mestervik station. The company has special expertise in electrical engineering, information and communication systems and other related services. INEO has signed a contract with PEAB Bjørn Bygg, Tromsø for the subcontracting of the land and concrete work.

The licence decision entails demolishing the existing switching facility and replacing it with a new and upgraded facility. The service building will also be renovated. Start-up of the facility at the new Mestervik station is scheduled before the end of 2013.

The new switching station in Mestervik will improve security of supply in the region. Mestervik switching station will also be vital for the construction of the new 420 kV power line between Ofoten and Hammerfest.