Norwegian gigawatt wind project ruled invalid

Europe's largest onshore wind farm violates the right of Sami reindeer herders to practice their culture, rules Norway's supreme court and declares an eight-year-old license invalid. Statkraft is surprised.

Photo: Jan Henriksen/Statkraft

The establishment of project Fosen Vind violated United Nations conventions, rules the Supreme Court of Norway on Monday. The gigawatt-class wind complex, both the largest wind farm in Norway and the biggest onshore wind project in Europe, violates the right of Sami reindeer herders to practice their culture, according to a unanimous verdict by the highest court in the nation.

The case is more than a decade old. In 2010, the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) decided to award a license for the project. Meanwhile, two of the wind farms in the complex, Roan of 256MW and Storheia of 288MW, lay inside the so-called reindeer belt in Fosen, which brought Sami reindeer herders in the region to file a complaint.

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