Increased Petroleum Museum sponsorship

Statoil is increasing its sponsorship of the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger by NOK 10 million. Since the museum opened in 1997 the company has been one of its main sponsors.

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Norwegian Petroleum Museum’s planned depot at Stavanger. (ill. Norwegian Petroleum Museum)

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”Statoil wishes to help conserve items and documentation that illustrate the industry’s and company’s history,” says Oddvar Høie. (Photo: Øyvind Hagen)

“The Norwegian Petroleum Museum showcases the industry that the company is part of. We have an obligation to participate and document the position of this industry in Norway,” states Oddvar Høie, head of marketing in Statoil.

The Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger will build a museum depot to preserve and conserve the material collected.

The 2,100 square metre building may be considered the Museum’s second building phase which will enable it to conserve the industry’s physical cultural heritage.

Considerable contribution

The NOK 42 million bill will be shared between the authorities and industry. Stavanger municipality has placed the plot at the project’s disposal.

Statoil is the first company the petroleum museum has contacted. The museum has asked for NOK 10 million from the company and NOK  3 million from each of the other major operator companies. The remainder will come from the state.

“We are contributing funds on condition that the remaining contributions are forthcoming, so that full funding is secured,” explains Høie.

The support will take the form of a sponsorship agreement running from 2011 to 2021. A final decision about the realisation of the depot project will not be taken before 2011.

Source: Statoil

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