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E24: Ingrid Sølvberg er ny toppsjef for Oljedirektoratet

Ingrid Sølvberg tar over som direktør i Oljedirektoratet etter Bente Nyland, ifølge en melding.

Hun ble utnevnt av Kongen i statsråd fredag. Olje- og energidepartementet har ikke fastsatt hvilken dato hun skal ta over.

Bente Nylands periode går imidlertid ut ved nyttår. Direktørstillingen i Oljedirektoratet lyses ut som åremålsstilling på seks år, med mulighet for en forlengelse i en ny seksårsperiode.

Les hele saken HER.

Bloomberg: Record-Large Floating Wind Farm Set for Norway

Equinor ASA made a final decision to invest in floating wind turbines to power offshore oil platforms off Norway after the government agreed to subsidize a large part of the cost.

Hywind Tampen will cost a total of almost 5 billion kroner ($550 million), it said in a statement on Friday. That’s in line with the state-controlled company’s earlier estimate.

Read entire article HERE.

Maritime Executive: Norway Releases Action Plan for Green Shipping

Norway has released an action plan for green shipping, saying that its maritime industry is a world leader in the development of low- and zero-emission solutions.

The Government’s ambition is to reduce emissions from domestic shipping and fishing vessels by half by 2030. The report notes that with current technology, maritime transport is generally the most energy efficient mode of transport. Additionally, tire wear is the largest direct source of microplastics in Norway, and about half of all microplastics end up in the sea. If a shift in freight transport from road to sea helps to reduce the total volume of road traffic, it will be an important means of reducing the spread of microplastics.

Read entire article HERE.

World Oil: Kongsberg Digital to digitalize Shell’s Nyhamna gas facility in Norway

ASKER, NORWAY – Kongsberg Digital, a subsidiary of KONGSBERG, signed an agreement to digitalize the Nyhamna facility, a gas processing and export hub for Ormen Lange and other fields connected to the Polarled pipeline. A/S Norske Shell is entering the partnership as operator of Ormen Lange and on behalf of Gassco as the operator of Nyhamna. The value of the contract scope, with a fully realized dynamic digital twin, is approximately 100 MNOK – with agile and iterative deliverables starting from Q4 2019.

Read entire article HERE.

Pressemelding: Nyhet i hyllene hos Vinmonopolet

Bonterra Organic Chardonnay 2018
-ren, balansert og elegant i velkjent Bonterra-stil

Bonterra Chardonnay er laget av økologisk dyrkede druer og har karakteristiske smaker av eple, pære og sitrus. 70% av druejuicen fermenteres på franske og amerikanske eikefat og gjennomgår malolaktisk fermentering. De resterende 30% fermenteres i ståltanker for å gi en friskere stil. Vinen er lagret i fire måneder på amerikanske- og franske eikefat (60/40). 75% av vinen er lagret i brukte fat for å ikke overgå den fine fruktsmaken, og resterende 15% er lagret på nye fat for en touch av eik. Et førsteinntrykk på nesen av pære, eple og sitrus som går over til aromaer av tropisk frukt, honning og lett ristede mandler. Vinen har en livlig syrlighet
med lett lime- og sitruspreg, samt en tydelig mineralitet og pene eiketoner i
avslutningen som absolutt kjennetegner Bonterra Organic Chardonnay, år etter år.

Perfekt følge til krabbe og smaksrike fiskeretter som pannestekt torsk med bacon eller ovnsbakt laks. Passer også godt til kylling og lyst kjøtt.

Økologisk dyrket – mesterlig laget

Alle druene i viner fra Bonterra er dyrket økologisk og er CCOF-sertifiserte
(California Certified Organic Farmers). Bonterra oppfyller dermed alle kravene som EU stiller for produksjon av økologisk vin. Med økologisk jordbruk og regenerativ
praksis* behandles jorden med dypeste respekt hos Bonterra. Høns, sauer, bier, fugler og sommerfugler nyter livet i vinmarken, beriker det biologiske mangfoldet og holder skadedyr borte. Resultatet er sunnere vinstokker og smakfulle druer med en konsentrasjon, renhet og eleganse som en riktig kvalitetsvin krever.

*Med regenerativ praksis menes jordoppbygging hvor man bruker metoder som blant annet skal kunne forbedre jord og bidra positivt mot klimaendringer. Se www.økologisk.no for mer info.

I Norge finnes totalt seks viner fra Bonterra Organic Vineyards, fem i bestillingsutvalget og Bonterra Organic Chardonnay 2018 nå i hyllene hos de største Vinmonopolene, som eneste økologiske hvitvin fra USA.

 

Art.nr: 4651601 – kategori 6

Pris: 159,90

Volum: 75 cl, lettvektsflaske

Alkohol: 13,5%

Syre: 5,3 g/l

Sukker: 1,0 g/l

I Norge finnes totalt seks viner fra Bonterra Organic Vineyards, fem i bestillingsutvalget og Bonterra Organic Chardonnay 2018 nå i hyllene hos de største Vinmonopolene, som eneste økologiske hvitvin fra USA.

Bonterra Organic Vineyards ble grunnlagt i 1987 av Fetzer Vineyards og Bob Blue, som fra starten har dyrket i henhold til økologiske prinsipper, overbevist om at økologisk landbruk gir sunnere vinstokker, mer smakfulle druer og dermed mer uttrykksfulle viner av høy kvalitet. Bonterras viner er i dag tilgjengelig i samtlige amerikanske delstater og i 35 land verden over.

Kontaktinfo: VCT Norway v/markedssjef Heidi Stumo,
heidi.stumo@vctnorway.com

WEF: USA 2nd, Norway 17th in the Global Competitiveness Index 4.0 2019 Rankings

This year’s Global Competitiveness Report is the latest edition of the series launched in 1979 that provides an annual assessment of the drivers of productivity and long-term economic growth. With a score of 84.8 (+1.3), Singapore is the world’s most competitive economy in 2019, overtaking the United States, which falls to second place. Hong Kong SAR (3rd), Netherlands (4th) and Switzerland (5th) round up the top five.

Building on four decades of experience in benchmarking competitiveness, the index maps the competitiveness landscape of 141 economies through 103 indicators organized into 12 themes. Each indicator, using a scale from 0 to 100, shows how close an economy is to the ideal state or “frontier” of competitiveness. The pillars, which cover broad socio-economic elements are: institutions, infrastructure, ICT adoption, macroeconomic stability, health, skills, product market, labour market, the financial system, market size, business dynamism and innovation capability.

Find out more and download the entire report HERE.

Bloomberg: Norway Oil Coffers About to Get Giant Boost From the North Sea

Equinor ASA has started its Johan Sverdrup oil field, a rare mega-project in the North Sea that’s been a boon for Norway’s offshore industry and now promises to deliver a huge production boost for the country.

Discovered in 2010 in an area that had been disregarded by most explorers, the site started production on Saturday and is set to reach 440,000 barrels a day by next summer. That represents a 33% addition to Norway’s production in the first half of this year, a spike in output not seen since the 1980s.

 
Read entire article HERE.

Condé Nast Traveller: Hotel Amerikalinjen Named Best Hotel in Northern Europe in 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards

In this year’s edition of Condé Nast Traveller’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards for Northern European Hotels, Hotel Amerikalinjen beat out competitors from cities such as Berlin, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Amsterdam to take the top spot.

See Condé Nast Traveller’s full ranking of Northern European hotels HERE.

MarineLog: Foss inks U.S. offshore wind MOU with Østensjø Rederi

Foss Maritime LLC, Seattle, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Haugesund, Norway, headquartered Østensjø Rederi AS to establish a partnership to provide domestic Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) for offshore wind projects in U.S. waters.

“After spending time in Europe engaging with marine service providers, we are very fortunate to have developed this relationship with the experienced team at Østensjø,” said Paul Gallagher, Vice President at Foss Maritime said. “We look forward to bringing the collective resources of our two companies together to develop safe and cost competitive marine solutions for the offshore renewables market in the United States.”

“Østensjø Rederi has several years of experience operating SOVs servicing offshore wind farms across Europe,” said Østensjø Rederi CEO Kenneth Walland. “In Foss Maritime we believe we have found an ideal partner for adapting these services to the American market. We look forward to expanding our offering to the U.S, market, and along with Foss, we aim to provide the highest quality service to owners and operators of windfarms in the U.S.”

Read entire article HERE.

Bloomberg: Norway Unexpectedly Withdraws Cash From Massive Wealth Fund

Norway unexpectedly took almost $400 million from its sovereign wealth fund in August, marking the first such withdrawal in over a year as western Europe’s biggest petroleum producer takes advantage of its enormous piggy bank amid a decline in oil prices.

Tapping the world’s biggest wealth fund remains an extremely rare occurrence in Norway. The government made its first ever withdrawal in 2016, following a collapse in crude prices. The huge fiscal buffer that the fund represents has helped Norway’s central bank avoid some of the extremes of monetary stimulus to which its peers have had to resort.

The finance ministry in Oslo has yet to give an official reason for its latest withdrawal, which comes after oil prices dropped to a seven-month low in early August. But the decision suggests Norway’s budget may have grown more sensitive to volatility in commodity prices after the Conservative-led government spent record amounts of the country’s income from fossil fuels.

Read entire article HERE.