The Board of Directors has accepted two new companies as participants of GCE NODE.

Magnora invests in renewable energy companies and projects. Formerly known as Sevan Marine, Magnora is listed at the Oslo Stock Exchange. Investments are so far in wind energy, but Magnora continuously assesses companies and projects in other renewable industries. Magnora is headquartered in Oslo, but key personnel is located in Kristiansand and Lillesand. CEO: Erik Sneve

LOKE Marine Minerals explores and extracts seabed minerals on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. LOKE is headquartered in Stavanger and has competence within areas such as geology, geophysics and subsea technology. CEO: Walter Sognnes

The Norwegian tax relief package was on the agenda when CEO of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association met with top management of National Oilwell Varco Norway.

“We find the effects of the Norwegian tax relief package for the oil and gas industry to be limited. We are of course pleased to see the Hod field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf further developed, as we will deliver cranes to the project. But apart from that, the impact on the drilling sector is low,” said Rune Johnsen, CEO of NOV Norway.

Anniken Hauglie, CEO of the Norwegian Oil and Gas Association, said the tax relief package has been effectful for the industry in general.

“It has produced results in the areas in which it was supposed to produce results,” said Hauglie.

Along with the Mayor of Kristiansand, Jan Oddvar Skisland, Hauglie visited NOV Norway headquarters in Kristiansand Wednesday and was given a presentation of the company.

Globally, National Oilwell Varco employs more than 30,000 people in 635 locations in 67 countries.

At its peak, NOV Norway employed more than 5,500 people and sold offshore drilling packages worth billions of dollars. Following the downturn in the industry and amplified by the Covid-19 pandemic, the market for offshore drilling packages is close to non-existent. Consequently, the workforce at NOV Norway is reduced to approximately 1,300 people.

“We are focused on maintaining our core competence and would like to see stronger support schemes for research and development,” says Johnsen.

Today, major activities in NOV Norway are related to aftermarket operations, maintaining and supporting NOV manufactured rig equipment through parts, service and repair.

“We see a trend towards greener technology, especially from the Dutch, Danish and Norwegian sectors. This is an area in which we already have relevant products and services,” says Johnsen.

At the end of the meeting, Hauglie and Skisland were given a tour of the drill control simulator. In this virtual environment, both debuted as drill operators.

“I do not expect to be offered a job,” said Hauglie laughingly afterwards.

They met at National Oilwell Varco Norway in Kristiansand. Left-right: Alis Helene Tefre (Project Manager, Norwegian Oil and Gas Association), Jan Oddvar Skisland (Mayor of Kristiansand), Geir Haugum (General Manager, Business Region Kristiansand), Anniken Hauglie (CEO, Norwegian Oil and Gas Association), Anders Hodne (VP Sales Eastern Hemisphere, NOV), Rune Johnsen (CEO, NOV Norway), Ann Marchioro (Project Manager, GCE NODE).

Telenor Maritime has signed an agreement to acquire all the shares of Finnish tech company KNL Networks.

“By combining the competences of both companies, Telenor Maritime is able to offer end-to-end managed services for the maritime market, including global access and access management of operation-critical data and cyber security,” according to a press release.

“Our vision of a greener future in the maritime industry takes a big leap forward with the acquisition of KNL Networks,” says Lars Erik Lunøe, CEO of Telenor Maritime.

“This affordable technology provides the industry with a unique opportunity to utilize digitized solutions, enabling them to make data-driven decisions, improve efficiency, gain competitive advantage, and work towards a greener, more sustainable future,” says Lunøe.

Pursuing the elimination of the digital divide between offshore and onshore industries, Telenor Maritime is now able to provide the same quality of experience at sea as on land to the whole maritime sector, increasing its profitability through operational excellence.

“Due to technological and topographic challenges, a full-fledged offer to the merchant fleet sector has been challenging to deliver, until now. KNL Networks has developed a unique system providing data access through a secure mesh network around the globe for maritime and critical communication markets. With this technology and Telenor Maritime’s expertise, the merchant fleet’s missing link is finally in place: a dedicated end-to-end channel for reliable, secure, and above all affordable access to business-critical information,” according to the press release.

“This positioning is unique in the maritime sector, making Telenor Maritime the only one-stop-shop for a digital transformation of the maritime industry. We’re excited about the opportunity to join forces with Telenor Maritime and to become a part of Telenor Group – a company that has over a century of history in the field of connectivity and repu- tation of being a trusted partner. I am confident that together we can lead the way of digitalizing maritime and help our clients on their digital transformation journey, as well as strengthen our position as a trusted partner to our cus- tomers in the critical communication segment” says Toni Lindén, CEO KNL Networks.

Based in Arendal, Telenor Maritime has been at the forefront of developing and defining secure connectivity standards for the maritime business since 2004. Today, the company serves more than 100 ship owners and 30 million people on board more than 500 vessels and offshore installations worldwide. Telenor Group is one of the world’s major mobile operators, connecting 180 million customers in 9 markets.