The Norwegian government rejected a United Nations appeal to suspend work over fears of impact on reindeer grazing from the largest single wind farm in the 1GW Fosen development, set to be Europe’s biggest onshore wind complex.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights asked Norway to halt the Statkraft-led project so a complaint could be investigated over the 288MW Storheia project’s effect on reindeer populations and their herders.

Norway’s Petroleum and Energy Ministry said there is no basis for complying with the request – which is not legally binding on governments – noting that the country had not been given the opportunity to comment on the objection before a suspension was called for.