THE EUROPEAN ENERGY CAPITAL
The Stavanger region is Norway’s third largest region with 360,000 inhabitants.
The region has a long tradition of harvesting from its energy resources and building-related industry activities. First with a long history related to hydroelectric power production, along came the oil and gas industry in the mid 1960’s. Over the last few years, wind, sun and bioenergy industries have been added.
Oil & Gas
Stavanger’s oil adventure began in 1969 with the discovery in the southern North Sea field, Ekofisk. Since then, the town has transformed from an industrial trading town into an energy centre.
The national energy company, Equinor, has its headquarters in Stavanger. The majority of the operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf have their Norwegian or North Sea headquarters located in the Stavanger region. Governmental organizations such as Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Petoro, and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway are located in Stavanger. In addition, the employer’s association- Norwegian Oil ad Gas Association have their office in Stavanger.
This convergence of industry players has resulted in one of the strongest energy clusters in the world. The Norwegian Continental Shelf is a challenging petroleum exploration and production arena, hence it has often become an international testing ground for new technology that can later be used globally.
Norwegian Energy Solutions has its roots in the oil sector in Rogaland, with members including major industry players such as Equinor, Shell, National Oilwell, Baker Hughes, Aibel, Aker Solutions and more. Norwegian Energy Solutions is an energy cluster with an overarching purpose of leading the energy transition to low emissions by developing renewable and sustainable energy solutions and improving existing solutions.
Norway has been one of the largest oil and gas exporters in the world for a number of years and will be an important gas nation for at least another century, estimated to provide up to 1/3 of Europe’s gas needs.
Every second year, the city also welcomes the global oil, gas and energy industry to one of the world’s leading energy meeting places- ONS.
The Stavanger region has naturally excellent prerequisites for production and harvesting of hydroelectric power and generates 10% of Norway’s annual production. The region is part of an area where more than 1000MW of wind power is installed, and Norway’s first commercial Offshore Wind Farms will be located off the regional coastline. In addition, bio methane is produced from waste, and contributes to greener gas in the regional gas infrastructure.
Offshore wind is an emerging sector, and the Stavanger region has a role in developing a floating offshore wind supply chain. The Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster has been formed with a basis in South West Norway. Companies like Equinor, Aker Solutions and Kvaerner, are in the forefront of the cluster. The cluster has members companies working together sharing knowledge, technology, and facilitating business opportunities.
The region has the capacity for energy consuming data centres like Green Mountain and interconnectors with the purpose of supplying other North Sea markets with green power. The regional utility and technology company, Lyse, is now working on establishing a European high speed fibre based net which will strengthen the regions position as a data centre location. The new cable connecting Norway and the UK is set to open in 2021.
The region has one of Europe’s best high-speed digital infrastructures for businesses and private homes.
Stavanger is proud to be one of the European cities chosen to be an official lighthouse city in the EU project- Triangulum- which is part of Europe’s largest research and innovation programme- Horizon 2020.
The region is also home to several recognized industry clusters:
– Norwegian Smart Care Cluster for Welfare Technology
– Nordic Edge Cluster for Smart City Innovation
– Tunnel Safety Cluster- Cluster developing solutions and sharing knowledge for safer tunnels and fewer accidents
– Stiim Aqua Cluster Technology for Fish Farming
The city also hosts the leading Smart City event in the Nordics- Nordic Edge Expo in September.
Port Stavanger is one of the few ports in the world enabled for LNG fuelling ships. Access to renewable power enables the port to offer larger ships to connect to electricity, reducing both emissions and noise from the ships whilst in port.
Norway’s first hydrogen ferry is to operate in the Stavanger region.
Stavanger was named the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Capital of the year (2019) and nearly 40% of all new cars sold in the region are now electric.