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Jul 24, 2014

Islamists planning imminent attack in Norway: police

OSLO (Reuters) – Militant Islamists with fighting experience in Syria may be planning an attack in Norway in the coming days, police said on Thursday, as they deployed armed units at borders, airports and railway stations.

A small group of Norway-based militants who have gained combat experience in conflicts around the globe have become the biggest threat to the Nordic nation and up to 50 have traveled to Syria in recent years, police said.

Jul 23, 2014

Telenor raises outlook on solid telecoms data growth

OSLO, July 23 (Reuters) – Telecoms firm Telenor
lifted its full-year outlook on Wednesday on a solid rise in
lucrative data traffic across its sprawling business empire in
Europe and Asia, sending its shares sharply higher.

Norway’s Telenor said its margins would be above its earlier
projection on a continued shift to data and a rebound in its
Norwegian operations, offering a contrasting outlook after
rivals TeliaSonera and Tele2 cut their
guidance recently on stiff competition.

Jul 22, 2014

Norsk Hydro sees best global aluminium outlook in years

OSLO, July 22 (Reuters) – The global aluminium market is in
its strongest shape since the financial crisis of 2008-2009 and
the price of the lightweight metal could move higher this
quarter, Norsk Hydro, a top global producer, said.

The company, one of Norway’s biggest industrial companies
and also a big producer of hydro-electric power, has ridden a
deep downturn in the global aluminium sector, but its shares
have surged this year on the back of rising prices for the
metal.

Jul 21, 2014

Exxon oil rig enters uncharted waters of Russian political storm

OSLO, July 21 (Reuters) – An ordinary, long-scheduled
journey of an oil drilling rig into Arctic waters is turning
into a major political exercise, attracting international
scrutiny and creating a dilemma for ExxonMobil.

Exxon, the top U.S. oil major and the world’s most valued
oil company, is bringing the rig, called West Alpha, from Norway
to the Russian Arctic. It is hoping for a major discovery in the
Kara Sea with Russian partner Rosneft.

Jun 27, 2014

Oil firms need to cut duplication if serious on costs – Subsea 7 chairman

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – Energy firms need to start
delegating properly to the companies they employ as contractors
and have confidence in them if they are serious about their
cost-cutting mantra, Kristian Siem, chairman offshore oil
services firm Subsea 7 said.

Big oil companies, such as Shell and BP, are
cutting spending this year to save cash for dividends, in
response to shareholder demands for bigger returns after years
of rapid spending growth and cost inflation.

Jun 26, 2014

Norway’s $890 bln oil fund cuts bond stakes in long-term bet

LONDON, June 26 (Reuters) – Norway’s $890 billion oil fund,
the biggest of its kind, needs an overhaul to boost its
long-term performance and preserve wealth for future generations
long after North Sea energy income has dried up, its chief told
Reuters.

The fund should gradually scale down the share of its
holdings in bonds, which are producing near zero real returns,
in favour of assets such as infrastructure and property, and
emerging markets including China, chief executive Yngve
Slyngstad said in an interview.

Jun 5, 2014

Oil majors must give longer service deals to cut costs – Aker boss

OSLO, June 5 (Reuters) – Oil producers must award longer
service contracts if they want to cut costs – and should look to
Brazil’s Petrobras as an example – but they are
struggling to change, said the CEO of Norway’s Aker, a major
shareholder in several energy firms.

Oil and gas producers around the globe are cutting back
spending plans to save cash after a decade-long spending bonanza
cut deep into margins and reduced cash available for dividends.

Jun 2, 2014

Hungary raids NGOs, accuses Norway of political meddling

BUDAPEST/OSLO (Reuters) – Hungarian government agents on Monday raided the offices of three non-government organizations that help distribute Norwegian grants in a conflict that has soured bilateral relations.

The Norway Grants, an agreement between the EU and Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein about funding projects in less-developed European economies, have financed organizations that have criticized Hungary’s government heavily in recent years.

Jun 2, 2014

Marathon Oil quits Norway via $2.1 bln Det norske deal

OSLO, June 2 (Reuters) – Marathon Oil Corp is to
sell its Norwegian business for $2.1 billion to oil exploration
group Det norske, part of plans to shed assets in
Norway and Britain to free up cash for the U.S. firm’s shale
activities in the United States.

The deal goes some way towards Marathon’s aim of quitting
the North Sea and will transform Det norske into a full-blown
exploration and production company.

May 28, 2014

Norway PM says politics will not delay Statoil’s $20 bln Sverdrup field

OSLO, May 28 (Reuters) – The startup of Norway’s $20 billion
Johan Sverdrup oil field, the country’s largest industrial
project in decades, will not be delayed by a political dispute
over its source of power, Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on
Wednesday.

Opposition parties, who hold a majority in parliament,
recently agreed to ask all new fields in the Utsira High area of
the North Sea, including Sverdrup, to get power from the shore
when they start producing rather than generating it on the rigs
with natural gas or diesel.