New Polarbase facility to serve Norway’s oil and gas market

Greencarrier Freight Services has opened an office in Polarbase, Norway, the main hub for oil and gas related activities in the Barents Sea, after winning a contract to provide transport solutions and port logistics for ENI Norge.
Under the new contract, Greencarrier will support ENI Norge’s activities in the Goliat Field, an offshore oil field that is expected to be in production for at least 15 to 20 years.
“We already provide other customers in the area with similar logistics solutions, and we want to give the new contract the focus it deserves, so we decided to commit to opening our own office there,” said Georg Skivik Moltu, Director Global Energy & Project Solutions, Greencarrier Freight Services.

Georg Skivik Moltu
Georg Skivik Moltu

The new office in Polarbase is situated five kilometres from the town of Hammerfest in northern Norway.
The Scandinavian company identified project forwarding and the energy industry as two of its main target areas for growth several years ago and has continued to expand its activities in the sector ever since.
“We have provided transport and logistics solutions in the oil and gas sector for many decades, so we have the experience and expertise that customers in this very demanding industry need,” said Moltu. “The northern Norway area has great potential and we are very optimistic about this new contract and winning new business for the Polarbase office.”

World’s first tunnel for large ships

The Norwegian government has announced plans to build the world’s first tunnel for large ships, a project aimed at helping navigate a dangerous section of the south-western coast.

On Friday, the government unveiled the 10-year transport plan, announcing it would provide one billion kroner ($A166 million) for the construction of the Stad maritime tunnel.

The passageway will be 1.7 km long, and carved into a piece of the peninsula’s mountainside, SMH reported.

"The project will help increase safety and navigability" in the region, the government said

With an estimated const of 1.6 billion kroner, construction will begin in 2018 and take four years.

"It will be the first tunnel in the world that can be used by big boats like cargo ships or the Coastal Express," the famed tourist ship that cruises along the Norwegian coast, said Ottar Nygaard, mayor of the small town of Selje and the head of the project.

According to a study by the specialised company Nordvest Fjordservice, the waters of the Stad peninsula have seen 46 accidents and near-accidents and 33 deaths since the end of World War II.

Image: SMH

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