New power cables abroad ‘will boost prices at home’

An announcement on Monday that state power network operator Statnett has won approval to build new electricity cables to Germany and the UK means electricity prices in Norway are likely to rise, according to analysts. The government, however, thinks the new undersea cables will make better use of Norway’s power system. Norway’s possibilities for exporting electricity […]

Thousands lose power in Oslo

Thousands of households and businesses in Oslo were without electricity on Wednesday after an excavation accident led to a fires in several transformer stations. Construction workers dug into high-powered cables near the sewage treatment plant at Bekkelag pier. The power failure affected the areas of Bekkelaget, Nordstrand, Gamlebyen in the downtown area and all the […]

Network error blamed for power outage

Statnett, the state agency in charge of Norway’s power grid, was blaming an error in an “underlying network” for a massive power failure that left around 70,000 homes without electricity on Thursday. Drammen and its surrounding area were hit the hardest. Households in Nedre Eiker, Røyken, Hurum, Øvre Eiker, Sigdal and Lier were also left […]

Power outage cuts communications

A massive power outage in the Møre og Romsdal region affected 132 base stations in the early hours of Thursday morning, cutting out fixed line, mobile, broadband and emergency networks to thousands of people. Emergency generators also failed, leaving many residents without any method of communications for most of the day. Sunnmøre police’s chief investigator […]

East Oslo hit by massive power cut

An estimated quarter of the Norwegian capital was blacked out in the early morning hours of Wednesday after a massive power failure hit much of Oslo’s east and south sides. The loss of electricity shut down all lines of Oslo’s metro system (T-bane). Oslo’s tram system was also affected by the power cut, on the […]

Major power cut hit western Norway

More than 100,000 residents of western Norway were without electricity for several hours on Thursday evening, because of an error in a transformer station at Ørskog. The power cut hit customers of power companies Tussa and Tafjord Kraft. They serve customers throughout the area known as Sunnmøre, including Ålesund, Volda, Østra, Ulstein, Herøy and many […]

Thousands hit by new power failure

Nearly 24,000 households and businesses in Oslo were without power Tuesday morning because of a technical problem at a transformer station at Ulven on the city’s east side. It was the second major power outage in the Norwegian capital in the past week. Officials at Hafslund, the company responsible for the electricity network in Oslo, […]

Activists give up ‘monster mast’ fight

Norway’s state-owned power grid enterprise Statnett has quietly completed a fourth of its controversial new power line project on the north side of the Hardanger Fjord. Environmental activists and a long list of community leaders and politicians were bitterly opposed to what they called “monster masts,” but are now giving up two years of civil […]

‘Monster masts’ reach Hardanger

The building of controversial overhead power lines, dubbed “monster masts” by opponents, has moved into a new phase that will see construction begin in the scenic region of Hardanger, with local campaigners planning action to disrupt the process. The escalation of the construction project began on Monday, with work planned to become possible in several […]

Spring relieves electricity crisis

The newly-arrived, mild Norwegian spring looks set to spare the country an electricity crisis, as rain and melting snow relieve the pressure on the country’s reservoirs, and reduce energy prices. Although reservoirs remain at historically low levels, the status of the energy supply in the country’s most populous region, Southern Norway, has been downgraded from […]