ENERGY CAPITAL OF NORWAY

The majority of the operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf have their Norwegian or North Sea headquarters located in the Stavanger region, e.g. the national energy company Equinor. Governmental organizations such as Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway are located in Stavanger, as well as the employer’s association Norwegian Oil ad Gas.

This cluster 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.

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. The clusters’ members include major industry players such as Equinor, Shell, National Oilwell, Baker Hughes, Aibel, Aker Solutions and more.

Every second year, the city also welcomes the global energy industry to one of the world’s leading energy meeting places, ONS – Offshore Northern Seas.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

The Stavanger region has naturally excellent prerequisites for production and harvesting of hydroelectric power and generates 10% of Norway’s annual production. 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 companies work together by 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 sustainable energy.

Other highlights:

  • The region has one of Europe’s best high-speed digital infrastructures for businesses and private homes.
  • 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.
  • Stavanger is proud to be participating in several projects funded by Europe’s largest research and innovation programme, e.g. New European Bauhaus, Airmour, and AI4Cities.
  • The region is also home to several recognized business and industry clusters: Norwegian Smart Care Cluster for welfare technology, Nordic Edge Cluster for smart city innovation, VIA Cluster for safe transport infrastructure, and Stiim Aqua Cluster Technology for aquaculture.
  • The city also hosts the annual leading Smart City event in the Nordics, Nordic Edge Expo.
  • 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.

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Stavanger Business Region

City of Stavanger

University of Stavanger

Offshore Northern Seas (ONS)

STAVANGER: RENEWABLE AND GREEN

Leveraging decades of technological expertise and problem-solving prowess, Stavanger is now at the forefront of creating sustainable green industries.

Hydrogen (H2) initiatives

Numerous green hydrogen (H2) projects are currently underway in the Stavanger region, with the dual purpose of supporting local value chains and facilitating exports. The largest among these is Iverson Efuels, which plans to establish a green H2/ammonia plant producing 600 tons of ammonia per day. Additionally, there are smaller, yet scalable concepts aimed at supplying hydrogen-powered ships and long-haul lorries in the region.

Biomethane production and distribution in the gas pipeline network

The Stavanger region boasts the highest density of farm animals in the country, and a growing proportion of agricultural waste is being converted into environmentally friendly biomethane. This biomethane is then distributed through the existing gas pipeline infrastructure, replacing conventional natural gas.

Advancements in battery technology

Stavanger is home to one of Norway’s three pioneering battery technology initiatives, featuring an innovative approach incorporating wood-based carbon as a key component.

Offshore wind endeavours

The Stavanger region is the location for Norway’s exclusive and largest test area for floating offshore wind technology, situated a short distance into the ocean northwest of Stavanger. Over the next few years, at least seven distinct technologies will be showcased at the MetCentre, of which the City of Stavanger is a part-owner.

Energy Storage Solutions

This project focused on energy storage within geological formations, designed for harnessing stored heat during winter months, is currently underway at the Forus Business Park. The City of Stavanger is the primary stakeholder in this initiative.

Energy neutrality at the airport

Stavanger airport is actively working to achieve energy neutrality and to accommodate electric airplanes in the coming years. This includes the installation of a large solar park and the augmentation of battery capacity.

Eco-friendly port operations

The Port of Stavanger is recognised in Europe for its environmentally conscious port operations. It offers shore power access for a significant portion of vessels and utilises electric cranes and lorries in both the city centre and the new freight port.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

Equinor, Western Europe’s largest energy company, headquartered in Stavanger, is spearheading CCS efforts in Norway. The Northern Lights project, part of the larger Norwegian full-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) initiative, is set to commence operations by 2024. It has capacity to offset emissions equivalent to 750,000 car emissions annually during its initial phase.

Front seat in the EV revolution

Norway and Stavanger boast one of the highest percentages of electric vehicles (EVs) on their roads. The rapid adoption of EVs is attributed to strategic government incentives and a robust charging infrastructure. In 2017, only six percent of private cars in Stavanger were fully electric; fast forward to 2023, and that number has surged to an impressive 28.9 percent. Notably, 86.2 percent of new private cars registered in 2023 were electric.

Empowering households to drive change

The City encourages households in Stavanger to make energy-saving upgrades and emission-free investments by providing financial support. This encompasses improvements such as energyefficient windows, heat pumps and electric bikes. The City also promotes green construction areas for private developers and enforces stringent emission controls for new public buildings.

Greening public transportation

Stavanger is dedicated to sustainable public transportation, exemplified by the world’s first hydrogen-fuelled car ferry launched in March 2023. Additionally, several ferry connections in the region now employ electric ferries, offering cleaner travel options. The City also operates an extensive network of e-bikes, effectively reducing the number of car trips by 15,000 per month.

HomeWorkHome (HWH)

The HWH initiative involves over 600 companies with over 60,000 employees who utilise a combination of public transportation options, including e-bikes, ferries, trains and buses. This has resulted in a 19 percent reduction in car use for commuting. To support this shift, the City has constructed dedicated bicycle lanes throughout the larger city, ensuring a safe space for cyclists.

The Port of Stavanger

Commercial freight operations were relocated from the city centre to a new port a decade ago. The new port spans approximately 90,000 square metres along the quayside, equipped with roll-on/roll-off ramps, depths exceeding 14 metres, and robust quays suitable for offshore wind logistics and other projects. It stands as one of the world’s most environmentally friendly harbours, supplied with land-based electricity for charging ships, and accommodating numerous net-zero and low-emission
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