Stublielva power plant

The Stublielva river is located in Beisfjord, in Narvik municipality. Waterfall rights are owned by a cooperative of many smaller farms on plot no. 44. The landowners were certain that the river had a good potential for power production. Realisation of the value creation from the river has been the subject of negotiations with various actors.

In 2005, a contract was signed with Småkraft, which assumed the risk, the work with the licensing process and the development itself. NVE granted a licence in 2008. The process of clarifying property-related issues was completed in 2012. Narvik Graveservice AS arrived with machines in the summer of 2013, and the development work could begin. At the turn of the year 2014/2015, the power plant was ready to deliver its contribution in the form of new renewable energy and local business revenue.

Stublielva power plant is well integrated into the terrain by the mouth of the Stublielva river. The intake with its wooden spillway has become a favourite destination for both local hikers and professionals with an interest in this field.

The project

The implementation of the project has had its challenges along the way. The contractor for the concrete work went bankrupt and a replacement had to be found. Construction out in the terrain had to be done through two harsh winter seasons. This required extraordinary measures to keep the construction operations going.

On a positive note, local contractors and other suppliers have made valuable contributions to the progress of the project development. An operative project team and local construction management helped ensured the completion of the project by the deadline.

Collaboration with landowners has been good. Their contributions in the form of local knowledge, and their presence during the application and construction phase has enabled a smooth project implementation.

Technical data

Rainfall field

19.5 km²

Minimum water flow

Summer: 300 l/s

Intake elevation

290 m

Power station elevation

60,0 m

Drop height

230 m


8,4 GWh
This corresponds to electricity 525 households.