Green energy benefiting from oil's woes, says Norway's Statkraft

viernes 30 de octubre de 2015 05:33 GYT

* More cash, manpower available for green projects - CEO

* Firm eyes building of 1,000 MW wind farm in Norway

* It expects Nordic power prices to rise in coming years

By Nerijus Adomaitis

OSLO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Green energy is benefiting from the downturn in the oil sector, with more cash available for investments and more skilled manpower at hand, the chief executive of Europe's largest producer of renewable power told Reuters.

Norway's Statkraft is Europe's biggest generator of hydropower, and also has wind farms and gas-fired power plants. The company, which has power plants in countries including Germany, Britain, Turkey and Brazil, had turnover of $6.1 billion last year.

"It is easier to get the financing, because there is less money going into the oil sector," its Chief Executive Christian Rynning-Toennesen said in an interview.

"Until one-and-a-half years ago, we had serious problems filling critical positions with skilled people. Now we have no problems. The oil industry has many skilled people, so we get more applicants. More than we need, actually."

One project that could benefit from this is a major wind farm in Norway that could generate 1,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 400,000 households.   Continuación...