The Energy Sector
The energy sector is the largest cluster in the Bergen Region and employs more than 30 000 people. This cluster is amongst Europe’s leading energy producers and is centrally located both on the national and international market. The Bergen Region, and the rest of western Norway, has unique access to resources like petroleum, hydroelectric power and renewable energy sources.
Oil and Gas
For more than 30 years, local businesses and suppliers have built unique know-how, making the region’s energy cluster amongst the best in the world. The competence in the region’s energy sector is first and foremost related to production, operation and maintenance of installations both on- and offshore. However, competence has also been built within research and development, geophysics, geology, and subsea technology, know-how requested all over the world.
The oil and gas fields outside the region generate the greatest economic results in the energy cluster, and as much as 80 percent of Norway’s crude oil production is based in the Bergen Region. Statoil is Norway’s largest oil and gas company, and more than 60 per cent of its fields on the Norwegian continental shelf is operated from Bergen. Their headquarters for technology and new energy is also situated in the region.
Moreover, the Bergen Region is one of the most important suppliers to the European gas market.
The Bergen Region is also focusing on renewable energy and work towards creating a leading Norwegian cluster for this energy source. The focus is on renewable energy in forms of bioenergy, wind power and hydroelectric power.
A World-Class Subsea Cluster
The region is home to one of the world’s strongest expert environments within Subsea technology. World leading suppliers of subsea equipment for the petroleum industry like FMC Technologies, Aker Solutions and OneSubsea are all operated from the Bergen Region.