Norway’s two leading trade associations for the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors have combined to form a single, globally-focussed, combined energy industry body aimed at promoting Norway’s entire energy industry.
The move is also supported by the Government of Norway – where the Energy, Petroleum, Trade & Industry and Foreign Affairs Ministries are founding members, along with energy giants Statoil and Statkraft.
Terje Søviknes, Norway’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy, said: “I very much welcome the establishment of Norwegian Energy Partners.
“From now on, the Norwegian supply industry will be served by one organisation covering both the petroleum and renewable energy sector. This is a timely development and a natural step on the road to a low carbon society.
“The petroleum industry has solved technological challenges in a demanding environment on the Norwegian continental shelf since the very beginning of oil production in Norway. The greenhouse gas emissions per ton produced oil in Norway is among the lowest in the world.
“Norway has over 100 years of experience in developing hydropower, and is increasingly delivering technology to solar and wind development projects. The supply industry’s valuable competence is utilised across sectors.
“In fact, about half of the members of former INTSOK, traditionally delivering to the petroleum sector, also delivers equipment, services and technology to the renewable sector and other ocean related industries.”
The Federation of Norwegian Industries, the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association and the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions are also members of the new body – Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP) – which combines the competences in both organisations to mutual benefit the whole Norwegian energy industry.
With the exception of the Scottish Energy Association, this is in sharp contrast to Scotland-RUK.
Sjur Bratland, Managing Director of NORWEP, said: “Norwegian industry, known for its safe, reliable and energy efficient solutions, could also have a competitive edge with the increasing awareness around climate change.
“Norway has developed industry with experience, ideas, products and technologies that are competitive in the most demanding global markets.
“Norwegian Energy Partners will continue to be an eﬀective vehicle for promoting the Norwegian energy industry’s capabilities, technologies and competences to key clients in overseas markets and for providing market information to the partners.
“Norwegian Energy Partners is a network-based organisation, facilitating dialogue between energy companies, technology suppliers, service companies and the government. Our extensive international network of industry contacts and deep local knowledge will be even more important in 2017 as the sales propositions will need to focus even more on the value for the customer.
“In 2017, Norwegian Energy Partners will continue to use its international competence, experience and knowledge to open doors for Norwegian partners with technology, products and services needed abroad and bringing customers and suppliers together.”