North Dakota Energy Delegation to Norway

In June 2012, a North Dakota delegation of top state and local government officials, state legislators, executives from engineering, electric power, and bioenergy sectors, representatives of universities and research institutions, conservation advocates, and the media traveled to Norway to learn about that country’s impressive energy  economy, policies and best practices, and technology innovation.  The delegation was hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, private companies Statoil and Borregaard, and a number of academic, research and nongovernmental organizations.

The delegation’s premise was to build on Norway and North Dakota’s shared ethnic heritage and rich tradition of cultural exchange by laying the groundwork for cooperation on fossil and renewable energy development, technology demonstration and investment.

Our goal was to address common energy policy, technology and investment priorities, including oil and gas production, including shale hydrocarbons; responsible long-term stewardship and investment of oil and gas revenue; carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon dioxide-enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR); and advanced biofuels, bio-chemicals and bio-products.