French Energy Company ENGIE to Help Develop One of Norway’s Largest Wind Farms


French energy company ENGIE has announced it reached an agreement with Swiss asset manager SUSI to help develop what will be one of Norway’s largest wind farms.

SUSI, through a renewable energy fund, takes an 80% stake in Project Tonstad, a planned 208-megawatt wind farm in southern Norway. The French energy company keeps a 20% stake in a 51-turbine facility.

Sandra Roche, the head of ENGIE’s regional subsidiary, said the partnership marks a first step for the French company in the Nordic renewable energy market.

In a statement, the partners said they have a 25-year agreement to sell the power generated from Project Tonstad to Hydro Energi, a subsidiary of Norwegian aluminum producer Hydro. The aluminum company will use wind power at its plants in Norway.

Norway is one of the largest oil and natural gas producers in the world, sitting just behind Russia in terms of supplying the European energy market. Nearly all of its electricity, however, comes from renewable energy resources and hydropower is the main contributor.

The wind component of the renewable power sector is the lowest of all low-carbon resources. In a reflection of a changing energy landscape in Norway, energy major Equinor changed its name from Statoil to remove “oil” from its name. Apart from oil and gas production, Equinor has a major footprint in the global wind power sector.

In May, the Norwegian government proposed funding for studies into carbon capture, transport and storage (CCS) facilities. The technology is considered a necessary contributor to the global effort to cut emissions.

Project Tonstad will save about 180,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. Across Europe, ENGIE has about 3.4 gigawatts of installed renewable energy.

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