Plans approved for huge wind energy project

Norway’s Oil & Energy Ministry approved development plans on Wednesday for Equinor’s wind power project Hywind Tampen in the North Sea. It’s billed as the largest such project in the world, with construction due to start in 2022. Oil & Energy Minister Tina Bru claimed it was “an historic day” and that the Hywind Tampen […]

Corona spoils the Holmenkollen party

One of Norway’s biggest outdoor parties of the year has been spoiled at the last minute, after local authorities ordered a shutdown of all arenas for Oslo’s annual Holmenkollen Ski Festival and World Cup competition this weekend. The ski races and ski jumping will go on, but the grandstands will remain empty after the public […]

New runway subject to legal test

Norway’s Greens Party, encouraged by how a court decision ruled against a new runway at Heathrow airport in London( LHR), is now keen to take runway expansion plans at Oslo’s main airport to court as well. The Greens claim that building a new runway at OSL Gardermoen would also violate climate laws. Greens spokesman Arild […]

Corona can thrive in cool, dry climates

A researcher at the University of Oslo believes the new Corona virus can be much more resilient in countries with low temperatures. That’s bad news for Norway, where confirmed cases of Corona infection have been rising quickly and are now among the highest per capita in Europe. “There’s a lot we don’t know about the […]

Oslo ‘fools … came to their senses’

Chastened Oslo officials have shifted into reverse and will allow an exhibition of vintage American cars in the city’s Frogner Park this summer after all. They’d earlier banned the annual event, which clashed with Oslo’s efforts to restrict car use, but caved in to criticism. Even the leader of the local Labour Party, which leads […]

Warmest winter in 120 years

Norway’s winter of 2019-2020 has been the warmest since Norwegian officials started recording temperatures in 1900. They averaged 4.5 degrees higher than normal, and the winter was also the among the wettest ever. All regions with the exception of Northern Norway set records for winter warmth, reports news bureau NTB. The lighthouse at Ytterøyane in […]

Equinor gives up drilling down under

After years of massive protests that also hurt Norway’s national reputation, state oil company Equinor is dropping plans to drill for oil and gas off the southern Australian coast. Environmentalists, climate activists and local surfers were jubilant, even though Equinor cited purely commercial reasons for its decision. “Following a holistic review of its exploration portfolio,” […]

North Sea ‘dam’ proposal not well-received

A proposal by European researchers to build a huge dam of sorts to protect Northern Europe from rising sea levels is not being embraced in Norway. Norwegian researchers propose tackling the cause of rising seas instead. The proposed dam, reported in various media including newspaper Aftenposten, would run for around 460 kilometers from Norway and […]

‘Sell off Equinor’s foreign operations’

Investment funds and analysts aren’t the only ones questioning the long-term value of Norway’s state oil company Equinor. Now a member of the Norwegian Parliament is renewing calls to spin off and sell Equinor’s international operations, claiming they present both political and financial risk and often don’t adhere to Norway’s climate goals. “I see few […]

Svalbard worth more than ever

Nearly a million Norwegians have been sitting through hours of more “slow TV” this week on a daily basis, apparently mesmerized by the beauty and history of Svalbard. Sunday marks 100 years since a post-World War I treaty gave Norway sovereignty over the wild and scenic archipelago, where new underwater discoveries may make the area […]