The Norwegian Minister of Oil and Energy, Mr. Terje Riis-Johansen, will visit China between the 26th of May and the 1st of June, during which time he will visit World Expo Shanghai, and the cities of Hangzhou, Yantai and Beijing.
In Shanghai, the minister will attend Norway Day at World Expo on the 28th of May and is scheduled to meet with representatives of Chinese oil companies and Norwegian businesses. In Hangzhou and Yantai he will meet with the provincial governments, while in Beijing he is scheduled to have meetings with the NDRC and Minister Chen Lei of the Ministry of Water Resources. The ministers plan to use the occasion to sign a MoU on water resources. Mr Riis-Johansen is also scheduled to give a lecture on Low Carbon Economy at Renmin University in Beijing.
Norway is a significant global energy supplier and innovator. In terms of size, Norway is the world’s 3rd largest exporter of natural gas; the 5th largest exporter of oil and the 6th largest producer of hydropower. In fact, hydropower constitutes 99% of Norwegian domestic energy supply. Norway is also a leading developer of carbon capture and storage technology and leading the field of offshore wind power.
The world’s first floating windmill, the Hywind, is a recent innovation by the Norwegian state owned energy company Statoil. China is an important market for the Norwegian oil and gas industry, especially within the supply and services industry. China and Norway are also closely collaborating in the field of renewable energy.