Every morning I’m met with a smile and “Hello, sir!”

SN Powers’s renovation of the Binga HEP in the Philippines is drawing close to an end. By the end of this summer the last of the units will be installed and commissioned. My stay in the Philippines started in January this year and I’ll stay here until the end of June. This is the final…

Status check on a Kaplan turbine

Status check on a Kaplan runner on one of our bulb turbines. Every year we conduct status checks to determine condition of our power plants. During these inspections we carefully check most of the station’s components to assess the current condition but also to compare with the previous controls. The check is the basis for how…

Cold winter and district heating

The last week before Christmas Endre came home from comfortable temperatures in Turkey, Ole Jørgen and Magnus came home from 30 degrees celcius in the Philippines and Peru respectively and they all had to rush and find their warm winter jackets at soon as possible. Per and Sunniva on the other hand was getting quite used…

A Binga photo-shoot

So how does a dam in the Philippines look like? The first thing presented to me arriving at the Binga hydropower plant was this view of her stunning surroundings. The Binga HPP is in itself surrounded by a community, and if you’re lucky you get to join in on a Boodle Fight! The main aim…

Statkraft favorites: Coffee, fruit, cinnamon buns and gymnastics

I enjoy graphs, spreadsheets, energy analysis, models and price forecasting, so the trainee program in Energy Management Nordic in Statkraft is obviously very enjoyable to me. My last blog post on short term electricity price forecasting was very long, boring and included only graphs and no photos. Because of this I have decided to go…

Water –a love/hate relationship

That water is important to a hydropower company is an understatement. However, before taking advantage of the beloved water, the plant itself must be built while water is in abundant. Last week, we got overnight an Olympic sized pool at the camp– though slightly more muddy than the one seen in London last summer. Excavation…

Moving on to new tasks with both relief and sadness

Currently Statkraft is constructing two new Hydro Power Projects in Turkey and the one I have been a part of is the Cetin HPP. The project is consists of two dams; one rock filled dam with an asphalt core (~140 meter) and one concrete dam (~35 meter). The turbines will have an installed capacity of…

Four weeks, four different hotels.

Week one in Oslo: Personally, I prefer to take a walk to work rather than going by public transportation with the same time spent. With this as a motive, I chose to stay at Fornebu during my first week in Oslo, the location at the Oslo fjord is fantastic and the weather that week was…

Living on a construction site in Peru

SN Power 10 years Approximately 99% of Norway’s electric power production comes from hydropower – an indicator that we are pretty good at building hydropower plants. I suppose that’s what Statkraft thought too when they decided to go global and, along with Norfund, established SN Power back in 2002. Cheves project in Peru Eight years…

The electricity price of tomorrow

No one can know what will happen tomorrow, but still the electricity price is determined one day a head. Norwegians are generally concerned about electricity prices. Since I started working in Statkraft one year ago, follow-up questions in dinner parties, after the obligatory “what are you working on these days?” have always been about the…