The Energy Commission: Electrification of the NCS critical for reaching climate goals

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The Norwegian Energy Commission calls for the quick approval of Equinor’s plans for a 1 GW offshore wind farm 65 kilometres off the coast west of Bergen.

The project called Trollvind is a collaboration between Equinor and partners Petoro, TotalEnergies, Shell and ConocoPhillips.

The objective is to have 1 GW of installed capacity by 2027 to provide electricity to the Troll and Oseberg oil fields through an onshore connection point. Petrosenter LowEmission director Stefania Gardarsdottir hopes that the Norwegian Government takes the Commission's advice:

“A quick approval of the Trollvind project is an important step towards electrification of oil and gas installations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS). We need to push forward on low-emission technologies for decarbonisation of petroleum activities on the NCS and thereby make the strides we need to reach our emission reduction targets. I hope the Norwegian government follows up on the Commission's recommendations” Stefania says.

The Energy Commission submitted their final report to the Norwegian government the 1st of February 2023. The report examines Norwegian energy policy in a long-term perspective.  

The Commission was appointed on 11th February 2022 and was led by Professor Lars Sørgard. The commission has assessed the challenges in the Norwegian energy policy towards 2030 and 2050, and how different policy choices affect the long-term development of the Norwegian power system.

Original report in Norwegian: Mer av alt – raskere — Energikommisjonens rapport