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Statkraft AS: Europe's largest onshore wind power project to be built in Central-Norway

(Oslo, 23 February 2016)Statkraft, TrønderEnergi and the European investor
consortium Nordic Wind
Power DA will join forces to realise Europe's largest onshore wind power
project in Central-Norway, comprising six onshore wind farms, with a combined
capacity of 1000MW. The total investment in the wind farms amounts to
approximately EUR 1.1bn. Construction will commence in Q2 2016 and
commissioning will be completed in 2020.

The wind farms will be built on the Fosen peninsula, the island of Hitra and
in Snillfjord, in a coastal area providing some of the best conditions for
renewable energy production from wind in Europe. At 1000 MW the projects'
capacity is more than the current total installed capacity of wind power in
Norway. Once completed and commissioned in 2020, the wind farms will generate
3.4 TWh power annually.

The joint venture company Fosen Vind DA will be the owner of the wind farms.
Statkraft will have a 52.1 per cent ownership interest in the company, along
with responsibility for the project execution in the construction phase.
TrønderEnergi will have an ownership stake of 7.9 per cent. Nordic Wind Power
DA, a European investor consortium created by Credit Suisse Energy
Infrastructure Partners and backed by the Swiss utility BKW, have acquired
the remaining 40.0 per cent from Agder Energi, TrønderEnergi and NTE.

The Fosen Vind project portfolio includes the Harbaksfjellet, Roan, Storheia
and Kvenndalsfjellet wind farms north of the Trondheim fjord (approx. 750
MW), as well as the Geitfjellet and Hitra 2 wind farms south of the Trondheim
fjord (approx. 250 MW). In comparison with the original Fosen-Snillfjord
project, the estimated total generation has increased substantially while
costs have come down. The original project was terminated early last summer
due to lack of profitability. Later, the owners joined with Statnett to
announce a new assessment of the options for designing a project with
improved economics under new primary assumptions.

"This is an important day. Together with our partners Statkraft has developed
the largest renewable energy project in Norway in this millennium. With a
1000MW project we become one of the leading onshore wind players", said
Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, CEO and President of Statkraft.

"Nordic Windpower DA is pleased to invest into Fosen Vind DA alongside two
strong local partners and to contribute to building out the renewable energy
production in Norway", said Dominik Bollier, Managing Partner at Credit
Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners. He continued: "the consortium brings
the right mix of industry know-how and capital to the table to be a long-term
reliable partner for the project."

Ståle Gjersvold, CEO of TrønderEnergi commented: "Fosen Vind represents an
exciting new chapter for renewable energy in Norway. In a challenging
economic environment, TrønderEnergi and our partners will create value and
jobs to the whole of Trøndelag."

The first delivery of turbines is scheduled for 2018. The project will use 278
wind turbines of 3.6 MW capacity (Vestas V117-3.45 MW and V112-3.45 MW
turbines with power optimised mode to 3.6 MW).

Press conference

There will be a press conference at the Clarion Hotel&Congress in Trondheim today, 23 February, at 10:30 local time where the partners will present the project and answer questions.

Address: Brattørkaia 1, 7010 Trondheim

The press conference may also be seen

After the press conference at 11:30, it will be possible for media to dial in
for a conference call in English: +47 386 00 000 / Meeting number: 40170 /
Pin code: 7070

For more information, please contact:

Spokesperson Knut Fjerdingstad, Statkraft, tel +47 90 18 63 10,knut.fjerdingstad@statkraft.com
Senior advisor communication, Lars Magnus Günther, Statkraft, tel +47 91 24 16 36,lars.gunther@statkraft.com
Head of Investor Relations Thomas Geiran, Statkraft, tel +47 905 79 979,thomas.geiran@statkraft.com
Communication Coordinator Ragnar Sagdahl, TrønderEnergi, +47 934 23 474
Media Relations Credit Suisse AG, tel +41 844 33 88 44,media.relations@credit-suisse.com Media Relations BKW AG, tel +41 58 477 51 07,media@bkw.ch

Note to editors:

An annual power generation of 3.4 TWh
is enough renewable energy to meet the electricity needs of:
around 170,000 Norwegian households (average annual consumption: 20,000 kWh)
around 750,000 Swiss or UK households (average annual consumption of 4,500

About the owners:

Nordic Wind Power DA

The European investor consortium Nordic Wind power DA was created by Credit
Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners (CSEIP). CSEIP is an investment
boutique focused on the energy sector. The consortium is backed by BKW AG, a
large Swiss utility, as the industrial partner and long-term oriented
institutional investors, namely Talanx, one of the major European insurance
groups, and three pension funds and professional pension schemes; ELO from
Finland and VWDA and WPV from Germany. The consortium was advised by DLA
Piper Global Law Firm.


Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe's
largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind
power, gas-fired power and district heating and is a global player in energy
market operations. Statkraft has 4200 employees in more than 20 countries.


TrønderEnergi is a regional energy company owned by 24 municipalities in the
Trøndelag region, the utility NEAS and the Norwegian pension fund KLP. The
company operates substantial hydro power assets, and has pioneered wind power
development in Norway since the 1980s.

This information is subject to the disclosure requirements pursuant to section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Trading Act.


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Source: Statkraft AS via Globenewswire


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