Norway is getting ‘back to normal’

NEWS ANALYSIS: Interest rates have started to rise, oil and gas exports have more than doubled and Norway will soon even have a Labour Party-led government again, just as most of the country’s Corona virus-related restrictions are likely to be lifted. Post-pandemic “normalization” is clearly underway. Norway’s central bank confirmed on Thursday that it’s finally, […]

Oil industry expects a new energy crisis

Recently soaring electricity rates in Norway and high gasoline prices at the pump are just a taste of what may lay ahead, warn various oil industry players. They have their own vested interests and can profit on such booms, but several meeting in Oslo last week think consumers need to brace for a new energy […]

Oil tax changes shift exploration risk

The Conservatives’ Oil Minister Tina Bru and Finance Minister Jan Tore Sanner surprised just about everyone Tuesday evening, when they proposed some climate-friendly changes in Norway’s tax system for the oil industry. The changes, if approved by Parliament, will leave the industry facing much more of the financial risks involved in oil and gas exploration […]

Oslo residents want to halt oil production

A majority of Norwegians still want to search for more oil, but not those living in Oslo and several other Norwegian cities. Yet another survey shows fully 56 percent of the capital’s population opposed to ongoing oil exploration, and only 38 percent in favour. Residents of small towns and cities showed as many as 64 […]

Anti-oil protests clogged traffic

Police in Oslo arrested 29 young activists from the radical environmental group Extinction Rebellion Norway on Monday, after they blocked traffic at a busy uptown intersection. The demonstrators, demanding an end to more oil exploration, also streamed into the government’s Oil Ministry after earlier mounting demonstrations at state-owned oil company Equinor and in Oslo’s Frogner […]

Another survey backs oil industry

Support for climate-oriented political parties in Norway is rising and anti-oil activists mounted a demonstration Thursday that shut down a major oil terminal. Recent surveys, however, indicate that a clear majority of Norwegians think their government should continue to allow more exploration for offshore oil and gas.  Fully 55 percent of those responding to the […]

Norway’s climate policy defies UN

NEWS ANALYSIS: The front pages of Norwegian newspapers on Tuesday were all prominently featuring the UN’s dire report this week that deadly climate change is well underway. All of Norway’s biggest political parties, however, are defying the UN secretary general’s plea to stop looking for more sources of coal, oil and gas. Neither the Conservative […]

Car holidays send pump prices up

Norway’s notoriously high prices for petrol at the pump have spiked again, to nearly NOK 20 per liter in some areas, or around USD 9 a gallon. The fuel price rise is raising eyebrows as well, as Norwegians hit the road for holidays at home during another Corona summer. Prices for the lowest grades of […]

Whales evaded a ‘risky’ hearing test

The first season of a Norwegian, American and Danish research project to test the hearing of whales has ended without any results. Not a single whale ventured into what amounted to controversial traps set up at sea just off Lofoten, but the researchers involved insist the project was successful. “Our main goal was to demonstrate […]

Experts want to move the ice edge

As Norway continues to allow more oil drilling in the Arctic to find new sources of both oil and gas, researchers want to expand the so-called “ice edge zone” that aims to protect sensitive Arctic areas. They want maximum inclusion of the areas where ice forms during the course of a year. The current ice […]