Energy Infrastructure Partners responded
In its judgement of October 2021, the Norwegian Supreme Court concluded, inter alia, that without the execution of satisfactory remedy measures, the licensing decision for Storheia and Roan wind farms would violate Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE), as the responsible Norwegian ministry, has initiated an impact assessment program to clarify to what extent the wind parks may be impacting the herding activities and what mitigation measures can be taken.
We take the rights of the Sami and the Norwegian Supreme Court’s ruling very seriously. We understand that the current situation is demanding for herders in the southern Fosen territory, and it is important to us that the affected Sami population continue their reindeer herding activities. We see the apology of the Norwegian Government to the Sami population as the beginning of a trust-based process to find a solution in a timely manner that respects the rights of the Sami communities.
Both Fosen Vind DA and Roan Vind DA, owners of Storheia wind park and Roan wind park respectively, will continue to be involved in the ongoing dialogue with the affected reindeer herders and to engage with the MPE. Furthermore, both companies will continue to actively participate in the mediation process initiated in May 2023 to find constructive solutions. Energy Infrastructure Partners (EIP) advises funds owning c.29% in Roan Vind DA and Fosen Vind DA and is committed to continue working with the other partners and stakeholders towards a resolution of the matter.