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Statnett jumps the gun on Hardanger pylons. Time-pressure used as justification. Despite strong public opposition, Statnett are still committed to building a power line across Hardanger. They’ve put the controversial pylon construction project out for tender. Tor Inge Akselsen, Statnett’s Communications Director, confirms they’ve invited several construction firms to submit tenders based on proposals already lodged with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

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Statnett jumps the gun on Hardanger pylons

Published on Wednesday, 7th April, 2010 at 08:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 7th April 2010 at 09:28.

Time-pressure used as justification.

Power pylons
Power pylons
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Despite strong public opposition, Statnett are still committed to building a power line across Hardanger. They’ve put the controversial pylon construction project out for tender.

Tor Inge Akselsen, Statnett’s Communications Director, confirms they’ve invited several construction firms to submit tenders based on proposals already lodged with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

But Terje Riis-Johansen, the Centre Party’s (Sp) Minister of Petroleum and Energy, hasn’t approved the project yet.

This doesn’t appear to worry the company. They continue to argue that ensuring a stable power supply to the Bergen region is vital, and time is of the essence.

Akselsen also says criticism that Statnett may be anticipating the democratic process is unwarranted.

“Some might say we’re taking it for granted that we’ll get the concession. We reject this, and are doing our utmost to ensure we’re not responsible for any delay,” he tells NRK.

Riis-Johansen is expected to make his decision shortly.



Published on Wednesday, 7th April, 2010 at 08:00 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 7th April 2010 at 09:28.

This post has the following tags: hardangerfjorden, hardanger, hordaland, terje, riis-johansen, minister, oil, energy, ministry, power, lines, cables, pylons, bergen, electricity, statnett, controversy, opposition, nature.





  
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