Big names to propose oil field names

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Oil & Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe has appointed a group of people with fairly well-known names in Norway to in turn propose names for new oil fields on the Norwegian continental shelf.

This oil platform is called "Troll." Photo: Øyvind Hagen / Statoil

Some of the earliest names assigned to Norwegian oil fields in the North Sea were simply made up, like Ekofisk and Statfjord. Then they started being inspired by Viking history, Norse mythology and Norwegian fairy tales, like Snorre, Sleipner and Oseberg.

Moe’s new group is charged with finding new names, as oil continues to be discovered in the North Sea. The group consists of author Karsten Alnæs, known for his series of books on Norway’s history; Per Egil Hegge, a veteran journalist who still writes a language column for newspaper Aftenposten; Marit Hauan, director of the Tromsø Museum; and Kristin Clemet, a former government minister who now leads the conservative think tank Civita.

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