Greater Bergen is an oil, gas and wind energy hub with opportunities for your business

The Bergen region is the most diversified in the Norwegian oil and gas industry, and a vital part of the country’s ocean industry.

The region hosts many areas of business ranging from upstream to midstream activities. You’ll find companies covering the entire value chain from exploration, field development and production to decommissioning. 

Bergen provides a base for the operations of various oil companies, and we’re proud to host the most advanced offshore and subsea suppliers in the industry. This includes oil service companies, contractors, technology providers and R&D institutions.

Supplying energy to the world

Greater Bergen is the number one landing area for oil and gas from the North Sea. This makes the region one of the key suppliers of North Sea gas to Europe and the world. Oil is also refined at Mongstad and shipped around the world along with a range of other petrochemical products.

World-class competence and technology

In Greater Bergen, you will find both business partners and a vibrant environment for developing and fostering your business. Our region is home to the most diverse, competent and technology-oriented companies across the supply chain. There is close collaboration and interaction between all businesses in the area.

Oil and gas in Greater Bergen – at a glance

  • Norway’s only refinery (Equinor Mongstad)
  • Centre for operations and production in the North Sea (Equinor and Wintershall)
  • The two largest oil service bases in Europe (Coast Center Base Ågotnes and Mongstad) 
  • Experience in constructing advanced platforms and rigs (Kvaerner and Apply)
  • One of Equinor’s centres for research
  • Centre for MMO service companies (Aker Solutions, Aibel, Beerenberg and Reinertsen)
  • Technology-oriented companies, high engineering competence and skilled workforce
  • The most advanced fleets of seismic, supply, handling and subsea vessels (Eidesvik and DOF)
  • Rig companies, advanced rigs and engineering expertise (Odfjell Drilling, KCA Deutag and Songa)
  • The most important hub for Norwegian oil and gas exports (Gassco Kollsnes)
  • The Norwegian region with the most landing and process facilities in the industry (Mongstad, Sture and Kollsnes)
  • Centre for regional subsea activities and a global centre of subsea expertise (OneSubsea, TechnipFMC and Aker Solutions)
  • R&D and educational excellence (NORCE, Bergen University College and University of Bergen)

 

Wind energy in the Bergen region

Many oil and gas companies in Greater Bergen are now branching out into the wind energy industry.

With decades of experience operating in the harsh North Sea environment, these firms have a natural advantage. They are developing exciting new solutions, such as floating wind farms that can be placed in deeper waters. 

Greater Bergen’s wind energy sector is supported by a thriving research environment, including initiatives such as the University of Bergen’s Offshore Wind Centre

Floating wind farms 

Norway’s deep continental shelf means that fixed wind farms are out of the question. This has not deterred Norwegian engineering companies, many of which are now working on designs for floating wind turbines.

This includes Semco Maritime in the Greater Bergen region, which is developing a new turbine that will produce both wind and wave energy at the same time.

Elsewhere, Equinor is planning to use a floating wind farm to power several oil and gas platforms out in the North Sea. The project, known as Hywind Tampen, is set to be the world’s first scheme to electrify oil and gas installations. The turbines will be assembled at Gulen Industrial Harbour in the Bergen region. 

Bergen offshore wind centre

The Bergen Offshore Wind Centre (BOW) has been established by the University of Bergen in order to coordinate and strengthen research into offshore wind energy. The centre has three main areas of focus:

  • Mapping wind resources
  • Wind farm site selection
  • Wind farm operations


BOW coordinates the work of academics from a range of fields including geophysics, informatics, politics and law. 

 

SPE Norway Subsurface Conference will provide you with high-quality technical presentations, opportunities to grow your network and give you the resources you need to stay informed and on top of industry challenges. 

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