Statkraft wind output climbs

Norwegian utility Statkraft boosted wind output by 17% in the second quarter compared to the same three months in 2013, and is running 40% ahead for the half year.

Statkraft – which has named wind power as one of its future growth areas – said its turbine fleet generated 0.9TWh in the six months ending June, with new capacity helping to boost output.

However,the wind operation’s underlying profits in the second quarter were hit by lower production from the UK’ Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm, as a result of poorer wind conditions.

Statkraft named as one of the quarter’s highlights the positive investment decision for Sheringham Shoal’s sister project, the 402MW Dudgeon development in conjunction with compatriot Statoil.

The utility also completed 152MW of onshore wind farms in the UK and Sweden.

Statkraft said second-quarter underlying operating profits were stable at NKr2.53bn ($411m) compared to a year-ago, despite falling power prices.