Ewing strengthens Norway links at Recharge Summit

Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing hailed the potential for Scotland and Norway to drive forward renewables in Europe as he visited Oslo for the Recharge Holmenkollen 2014 Thought Leaders Summit.

Ewing will make what the Scottish Government described as a “major speech” at today’s Holmenkollen event – organised by Recharge and attended by some of the biggest names in the global renewables industry.

Ewing is meeting key Norwegian companies, including Statoil, and said the two have plenty in common as countries blessed with significant energy resources and “astounding potential” for renewables.

The minister said: “Building on our hydro heritage and offshore energy engineering expertise gained from North Sea oil and gas, our nations are clearly both well-placed to make a huge contribution to Europe’s green energy ambitions.

“Norway and Scotland have been blessed with a wealth of natural resources and the development of energy sector in the two countries has many parallels, with the exchange of ideas and technology taking place over the last century.”

Ewing added: “This visit will take forward that spirit of co-operation between our nations, but also highlight the huge benefits to Scotland from securing the powers of independence.”

Anne MacColl, chief executive of Scottish Development International, who is accompanying Ewing on the visit, said: “Scotland and Norway have strong historical links, which have been cemented by shared expertise and success in areas such as oil and gas and renewables, as well as the seafood industry.

"This visit will play a critical role in ensuring we fully exploit this potential, and position Scotland firmly as an ideal place with which to do business."