Erna Solberg was given a tour of the Global Ocean Technology headquarter in Mandal, guided by CEO Øystein Sunde Pedersen.

Former Prime Minister Erna Solberg met with Global Ocean Technology and Fremtidens Havvind/GCE NODE in Mandal last Friday.

The leader of the Conservative Party came to learn more about the development of offshore wind projects in the region. Solberg was given presentations by Øystein Sunde Pedersen, CEO of GOT, and Rune Klausen, Project Manager at Fremtidens Havvind/GCE NODE.

“I’m optimistic on behalf of the supplier industry in Agder,” said Solberg after learning that GOT has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with four consortiums and expects to sign an additional three or four in the next months. Thus, the consortium that wins a license to build a wind farm at Sørlige Nordsjø II, is likely to have operations at Windport in Mandal.

“We have all it takes to succeed in offshore wind,” said Pedersen.

He made a point of letting everyone know that cooperation between players in Lindesnes, Farsund and Lyngdal has been strengthened lately.

“We are in constant dialogue with consortiums, turbine producers and shipping companies to understand their need for port facilities,” says Pedersen.

Øystein Sunde Pedersen (left), Erna Solberg and Rune Klausen in Mandal.
Meeting in Mandal at Global Ocean Technology.