Norway’s first sustainability certified construction project – Storåselva Kraftverk

Storaselva kraftverk Power Plant

The NTE-owned Storåselva power plant got its certification last week, becoming the first project in Norway to be carried out in accordance with the stringent sustainability requirements set by CEEQUAL in its certification scheme.

Storåselva power plant is a new compact hydropower project outside Snåsa in Trøndelag. The developer is Nord-Trøndelag Electricity Plant (NTE), and Skanska Norway has been responsible for the construction and sustainability certification. Once operational, the power plant will deliver an annual energy output of 75 GWh of clean and renewable energy per year, which approximately corresponds to the annual consumption of electricity in 4000 households in Norway.

The first Norwegian construction project

CEEQUAL is an internationally recognized classification scheme for sustainability. There are more than 400 projects constructed according to this scheme globally, but Storåselva power plant is the first Norwegian project.

Image: Skanska

“We are very proud to have delivered the first CEEQUAL certified construction project in Norway and we hope that other builders will be inspired by NTE so that this will only be the first of many construction projects built under CEEQUAL in Norway in the years to come”, says Steinar Myhre, Executive Vice President, responsible for the construction business in Skanska Norway.

“NTE is pleased and proud that we own the first Norwegian plant, which is certified according to the CEEQUAL scheme,” says Energy Director Kenneth Brandsås in NTE.

“We aim to be leaders in the green shift and a leading producer of renewable energy. For us, the certification of sustainability demonstrates that we not only supply energy from renewable energy sources, but also produce this energy in facilities that are built to a demanding environmental standard.

“The construction project in Storåselva has been carried out in close collaboration with Skanska Norway, where the goal has always been to choose environmentally friendly solutions,” says Brandsås.

Storåselva power plant:

  • Located in Snåsa
  • Developer: NTE
  • Contractor: Skanska Norge AS
  • Annual power generation: 75 GWh
  • Cost: ≈ 300kr million (≈ £27 million)
  • Construction start: January 2016
  • Opening: May 2018

Common classification scheme for facilities

Experience with CEEQUAL from Skanska’s ongoing projects, both in Norway and internationally, is very good. By claiming CEEQUAL, the contract between developer and contractor makes a very effective way of creating a common commitment. You are forced to resource the work of sustainability and to find measures that give effect.

“We in Skanska are convinced that CEEQUAL has the qualities needed to act as a joint certification scheme for the entire construction industry. When CEEQUAL certification is required, there is an international framework that provides a systematic follow-up of more sustainability parameters. A common framework creates predictability in the supply chain and when everyone moves in the same direction, it becomes more powerful in the change work; one achieves a collective improvement that is far greater than the individual project, says Steinar Myhre.

CEEQUAL process

It is the construction phase of Storåselva power plant and 66 KV connection that is certified. The project achieved the Very Good grade and in order to meet the requirements, a number of measures were taken in the project implementation that affected various aspects of sustainability.

Storaselva kraftverk Power Plant
Storaselva kraftverk Power Plant | Image: Skanska

Project manager for Skanska, Mads Aniksdal, says that the work with CEEQUAL certification started already before the contract for construction was signed.

“With the help of CEEQUAL expertise in Skanska, we identified CEEQUAL requirements for practical measures and implemented them in all relevant documents. Thus, sustainability and CEEQUAL became an integral part of the project. This awareness has been decisive for the achievement of goals.”

Examples of how the project has worked with sustainability:

  • Limit the disruption and nuisance to neighbours through continuous monitoring of transport to and from the plant during the construction phase
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from materials, including increased use of low carbon concrete
  • Substitution of products containing hazardous substances and reduction of emissions to the indoor environment
  • Reduction of waste volumes through, among other things, the reuse and return of packaging to the supplier
  • Establishment of nesting boxes for dipper birds

First published 14/03/2018| Norges første miljøsertifiserte anleggsprosjekt