Category A project

Western Corridor

Country: Norway
Borrower: Statnett SF
Sector: Energy & environment
Published for 30 days on: 19 May 2020
Planned date for decision by Board of Directors: 26 Aug 2020

Project summary

During the period leading up to 2021, Statnett will upgrade the voltage in the Western Corridor from the current voltage of 300kV to 420kV. The Western Corridor is a collective term for the main grid in south-western Norway, including the counties of Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder and Rogaland.

The upgrade is being carried out in stages, and the most critical power lines will be upgraded first.

The Western Corridor project consists of seven separate sub-projects, one voltage-upgrade project using the existing overhead line, three overhead line projects and three substation projects. Major parts of the Western Corridor project have now been completed and commissioned.
The remaining project scope includes a new 420 kV power line from Sauda to Lyse and new 420 kV substations in Sauda and Hylen, which are currently under construction. The Western Corridor is expected to be completed in 2021.

Statnett has submitted applications to the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) for each of the power lines and associated substations. All concessions have been granted.

NIB welcomes comments on the project in question.

Project sponsor contact information

Sauda-Lyse power line:
Kjetil Helland
+47 475 09 055

Knut Jarleif Jenssen
+47 413 53 075

NIB contact information
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Nordic Investment Bank
Environmental Unit
P.O. Box 249
FI-00171 Helsinki

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