Embassy car in fatal crash

A car belonging to the Russian Embassy in Oslo crashed into the metal railings of a tram stop in the Norwegian capital’s Frogner/Skillebekk district late Wednesday night. One of the two people in the car was killed, while the other injured. Oslo police were reluctant to detail circumstances surrounding crash, which occurred shortly after midnight […]

E-coli found in the water on Utsira

It ranks as Norway’s smallest municipality, but the island community of Utsira was in the news on Wednesday as a new victim of contaminated drinking water. The roughly 200 people living on Utsira, plus visitors, were told to boil their water after local officials found traces of E-coli bacteria in it. Wind-swept Utsira, about an […]

Water crisis jars officials into action

The small community of Askøy on Norway’s West Coast is gathering residents for public meetings this week to calm fears after the local drinking water supply was contaminated. The Askøy crisis has shaken waterworks officials all over the country who have long postponed needed maintenance. “Both parents and children are scared,” Askøy’s acting mayor Bård […]

Leak may have set off hydrogen explosion

A preliminary report on the hydrogen explosion at a filling station in Sandvika earlier this month ties it to a leak in a high-pressure storage tank. The report was conducted by security consultancy Gexcon for Nel ASA, the company that developed the technology at the filling station. Police have said their own report on the […]

Hydrogen blast probe ‘may take months’

Norwegian police still aren’t offering any preliminary findings into their investigation of a major explosion at a hydrogen filling station just west of Oslo last week. The blast, meanwhile, has brought most of the hydrogen vehicle industry in Norway to a standstill. “It tends to take a relatively long time when we need to write […]

Norwegian ship likely a conscious target

The Norwegian-controlled oil tanker that was attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday could have been singled out as a target, according to a Norwegian foreign policy expert who concentrates on the Middle East. That’s because its operations are linked to several small nations including Norway that don’t pose military threats of their own. […]

Norwegian tanker burning in Gulf of Oman

Norway’s maritime authority (Sjøfartsdirektoratet) reported Thursday that the Norwegian-controlled tanker Front Altair was “attacked” early in the morning while sailing between the United Arab Emirates and Iran. The vessel is in the fleet of Norwegian shipping tycoon John Fredriksen’s firm Frontline Management, which denied earlier reports it had sunk. Frontline reported that all 23 crew […]

Bad water may have claimed new victim

A Haukeland University Hospital patient from Askøy who’d been admitted with stomach and intestinal infections has died. Askøy, just north of Bergen, has been plagued by contaminated water that’s already believed to have killed a one-year-old boy. Haukeland, the main hospital for the Bergen area, reported in a press release Thursday that tests conducted on […]

Blast ‘tragic’ for hydrogen vehicles

A major explosion at a hydrogen filling station west of Oslo on Monday has forced the shutdown of the few other such facilities currently to be found in Norway. That’s causing major problems for all owners of hydrogen vehicles, and for efforts to cut carbon emissions in the transport sector. “This is just tragic,” Ulf […]

Hydrogen explosion under probe

An investigation has been launched into why a hydrogen facility at a Uno-X filling station in Sandvika, west of Oslo, exploded Monday afternoon. The powerful blast forced the evacuation of a wide area and the closure of two major highways leading into Oslo, just as thousands of people were returning from the last three-day holiday […]