Kvassteinåga power plant

Kvassteinåga is located at the head of the Els fjord, a narrow fjord arm of the Rana fjord, in Vesfn municipality. The project was granted a licence by the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) in the spring of 2006. In 2010, a licence was also granted for Kinnforsen power plant in the same watercourse.

Kvassteinåga power plant was placed just after the Kinnforsen power plant, which allows us to use the water twice. The turbine pipe from the dam down to the power station is buried and is not visible in an area covered by spruce forests and agricultural areas. What is unique about this project is that the turbine pipe crosses below the Nordland railway line, which presented special challenges.

The power station building itself is located right by Elsfjord.

Kvassteinåga power plant received the very first electricity certificate as part of the Swedish-Norwegian electricity certificate scheme.

Technical data

Rainfall field

29.6 km²

Minimum water flow

Summer: 250 l/s

Intake elevation

160 m

Power station elevation

4,0 m

Drop height

156 m


15,0 GWh
This corresponds to electricity 938 households.