Harstad/Narvik Airport in the northern city of Evenes is to be heated and cooled with biomass energy for up to 30 years, alongside the Royal Norwegian Air Force’s co-located Evenes airbase.
The Norwegian Defence Estates Agency (Forsvarsbygg), state-owned civil airport operator Avinor and Norsk Bioenergi signed struck the deal last week. The new energy centre, to be owned and operated by Norsk Bioenergi just outside the airport boundary, will be fuelled largely with wood chips from forestry waste.
Bio-oil and electric boilers will also be installed to provide reserve power. Construction will begin in August, with the site expected to be operational from autumn 2020.
The deal is valued at NOK226m (£23.1m) over 20 years, with an option to extend it to 30 years. It is the firm’s largest contract to date.