In the northern Norwegian county of Nordland, an exciting project is underway. Stretching over a 40 km2 area, Øyfjellet Wind Park is set to become the largest wind power installation in Norway, supplying locally produced, green energy to local industry. It will be a vital part of the local energy network, producing approximately 1,200 GWh of energy annually – enough to meet the needs of 162,000 people, or 67% of the population of Nordland.
The electricity generated at Øyfjellet will be fed into the national grid at Marka substation in the town of Mosjøen via a 10 km 132 kV transmission line. With our extensive range of cable accessories for use in wind farms, we were awarded the contract to supply the cable accessories that are needed for a successful execution of the project to Linka AS who is responsible for the design and installation of the transmission line as well as for the cabling within the wind park and cable terminations.
The cable branch cabinet is a key part of the technology supplied. Whether for consumer grids or wind farms – it can safely connect up to 4 cables in parallel or 3 cables and a surge arrester. The cables can be sectionalized for maintenance work and the disconnected cables then earthed, allowing the rest of the grid to be energized – meaning less disruption for subscribers. Additionally, the cabinets serve as branching points in wind farms, eliminating the need for separate cabling for each turbine and reducing costs.
The project is not yet finished, but many milestones have already been achieved. The harbour area and access road leading to the wind park have been completed, transformers have been transported up to Øyfjellet, and turbine foundations have been cast. The cabling between the wind farm and the power grid is going to schedule and we are very much looking forward to seeing the wind park in operation!
At a time when the need for renewable energy sources has never been stronger, wind power is undoubtedly a vital weapon in the global fight to combat climate change. Here at NKT, we are proud to be part of that fight with our solutions to connect a greener world.