Scottish energy services company Wood Group has received a power performance testing (PPT) contract from Statkraft for the 1GW Fosen Vind project, located in central Norway on the peninsula of Fosen, the island of Hitra and in Snillfjord.

The wind project includes six onshore wind farms, which can produce enough energy to power 170,000 Norwegian households, when completed. The wind project is expected to generate about 3.4TWh of clean power annually.

Considered to be one of largest onshore wind power projects in Europe, the wind project will consist of a total of 278 turbines, each with a power producing capacity of 3.5MW.

The wind project, which is still under development, is owned by Statkraft, Nordic Wind Power and TrønderEnergi, with stakes of 52.1%, 40% and 7.9% respectively.  Construction of the wind project began last year and is expected to be completed by 2020.

For the project, Wood Group will install 29 guyed lattice met masts, data monitoring and analysis during the site calibration phase. Later, the company will install power monitoring equipment fitted to a number of the wind turbine generators for the power curve test phase.

Wood Group clean energy asset management director Robbie Gibson said: “We are very pleased to be working with Statkraft on this important project, which is one of the largest of its kind.

“PPT allows you to compare the actual power curve for a wind turbine to the warranted power curve provided by the wind turbine manufacturer, and to ensure that the manufacturer corrects any sources of underperformance.

Wood Group’s clean energy business is a MEASNET member for power performance testing services, is accredited to ISO 17025 and recognised testing lab by IECRE to undertake power curve tests on wind turbines.

“These accreditations underpin our significant track record of undertaking successful power curve tests on a wide range of wind turbine models. It also ensures that our tests are fully recognised by wind turbine manufacturers and project owners.”

Image: Wood Group to conduct power performance testing at 1GW wind farm in Norway. Photo: Courtesy of Luke Partridge/