Tina Bru is the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy.

“Our industry offers opportunities for those who want to save the world,” says Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tina Bru.

Tuesday morning, she met with students and staff at the University of Agder.

“There are plenty of examples from the local supplier industry. Oil and gas technology is transferred to new industries, such as offshore wind. This goes to show how technology can make a difference,” said Bru.

Bru said it is not useful to discuss a closing date for production of oil and gas on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, but rather that “if energy resources are ever left in the ground, it will be because they are more expensive to extract that what the market is willing to pay”.

The Minister entered into a discussion with students and staff, some of whom wanted to close down the industry.

“The consequences for the Norwegian society would be dramatic, to say the least. And the global climate effect would – at best – be questionable. Is does not make sense. As long as there is demand for oil and gas, we should stand up for those who can produce it with substantially lower emissions than the world average, which is what we do in Norway,” says Bru.