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The Foreigner Updated: Undersea cables too expensive for Hardanger. Undersea power cables will only lead to higher electricity bills, according to Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg. Results of a practical study evaluating technical and economic aspects, show undersea cables are not a financially viable solution for the Hordaland region’s electricity needs. The original proposal to build power pylons over the Hardanger Fjord caused strong local reactions in Western Norway, and determined a decline in support for the tri-partite Coalition.

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Updated: Undersea cables too expensive for Hardanger

Published on Tuesday, 1st February, 2011 at 10:37 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 2nd February 2011 at 09:40.

Undersea power cables will only lead to higher electricity bills, according to Norwegian PM Jens Stoltenberg.



Results of a practical study evaluating technical and economic aspects, show undersea cables are not a financially viable solution for the Hordaland region’s electricity needs.

The original proposal to build power pylons over the Hardanger Fjord caused strong local reactions in Western Norway, and determined a decline in support for the tri-partite Coalition.

This caused the Government to decide to make a new, independent review of the undersea cable option last August. It established four committees to analyze various aspects of the project, such as technology, economy, the environment, and other issues related to an undersea cable solution.

They delivered their report to the government today, concluding this option would cost more. Their view was it would also take longer and questioned Petroleum and Energy Minister Terje Riis-Johansen’s claim about an urgent need for construction. There was disagreement as to how effective the line would be in assuring Bergen of a stable and secure electricity supply.

This mirrors action group Bevar Hardanger’s earlier review compiled by energy advisor Svein Roar Brunborg.

“It is gratifying that the committees share our views on security of supply to Bergen, and that Sima-Samnanger is not important for this,” Audun Klyve Gulbrandsen, Bevar Hardanger’s General Manager, tells Aftenposten.

NRK reports Prime Minister Stoltenberg thinks that people should not have to pay more for electricity than they are now.

“The high electricity bill is already a problem for many people today. This means we must also take into account that the more expensive solution chosen, means the more one pays for electricity”, he tells NRK.

The final decision about building the undersea cables is to be made by the Government during a consultation meeting on February 10, based on the reports drafted by the four independent committees.



Published on Tuesday, 1st February, 2011 at 10:37 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 2nd February 2011 at 09:40.

This post has the following tags: hardanger, jensstoltenberg, primeminister, bevarhardanger, sveinrogerbrunborg.





  
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