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WindEurope is an association with over 450 members from more than 40 countries who works to promote wind power and actively coordinate international policy, communications, research and analysis. WindEurope offers networking and learning opportunities in the wind sector. In addition, WindEurope organises numerous conferences, exhibitions, seminars and workshops.
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WindEurope: New Member Interview
An interview with President and CEO of ONS, Leif Johan Sevland, was published in WindEurope’s newsletter.
WindEurope: Can you explain to our readers a little about the synergies between wind and oil and gas?
“As I see it, there are substantial synergies to be found between wind and oil and gas. For instance, the oil and gas industry has extensive experience in building and operating complex structures offshore, which the wind industry could benefit from. A lot of suppliers in the oil and gas industry have discovered that their technology is relevant for the wind industry. The wind industry can teach the oil and gas industry a lot about turbines, project efficiency and how to manage complex logistics.”
WindEurope: What does the wind industry stand to learn from the oil and gas industry, and vice-versa?
“The oil and gas industry’s expertise is to plan, build and operate large and complex structures offshore, and produce energy extracted from below the seabed. During the 50 years of activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, there has been an impressive and continuous development of technology. Also, the strong focus on HSE during offshore operations on the Norwegian shelf is the object of constant improvements. I am confident that the offshore competence held by the oil and gas industry, including the petro-maritime sector, can be an asset when developing and operating offshore wind parks.”
WindEurope: As more and more oil and gas companies go green, how do you see the future of the oil and gas industry?
“It is all about supplying energy to the markets. Many oil and gas operators have fully recognised the importance to expand their core business from oil and gas to a more energy company focus. I believe it is no longer a question about whether the business sector should take actions to meet the climate challenge. Being in the forefront to produce carbon-friendly energy will be seen as a competitive advantage in business going forward. However, as costs are going down in renewables, I am glad to see that wind is good business, also for the companies coming from oil and gas.”
WindEurope: As a Norway-based company, what recent developments in the Norwegian market are taking sustainability forward?
“In Norway, the state-controlled company Statoil’s attitude to renewable energy is an important motor for sustainability. For several years, Statoil has included renewable energy as part of their company’s main strategies and business areas. They have invested a lot, and have a strong focus on developing secure, sustainable and commercially viable energy. Statoil is an innovator in offshore wind, and a world leader in carbon capture and storage. The company is a shining example for the rest of the oil and gas industry, and is driving the green trend forward. I am also proud of the Norwegian supply industry which has been able to transform and capture business opportunities in offshore wind.”
WindEurope: Looking forward, what future developments would you like to see in the European energy market?
“I would like to see less coal and more gas and wind. There is no doubt that renewable energy will experience strong growth and become increasingly important in the future. At the same time, I believe gas is an important substitute for coal, which is the most polluting form of energy. This is underlined by the success story with reduction of carbon emissions in the UK.”