Royal visit to Mongstad
Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja visited StatoilHydro’s facility at Mongstad north of Bergen today, June 17.
The visit is part of the programme for the royal couple’s three-day round trip in the county of Hordaland.
“We are pleased that King Harald and Queen Sonja are showing an interest in the Mongstad facility by including us in their programme,” said head of the Mongstad facility Kjell Petter Aanes. He guided them around the facility.
During their visit the royal couple were briefed about the current work on the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM). They were also able to take a closer look at the site allocated to the large-scale centre for carbon capture and storage.
The one-hour visit included a guided tour of the refinery’s control room.
The group visiting the facility also included the chief administrative officer of Hordaland county Svein Alsaker, mayor of Lindås municipality Astrid Aarhus Byrknes and mayor of Austrheim municipality Ole Lysø.
The facilities at the Mongstad complex in western Norway have been operational since the mid-1970s, and comprise a refinery, the Vestprosess NGL fractionation plant and a crude oil terminal. Located north of Bergen, the refinery is the largest in Norway and has an annual capacity of 10 million tonnes of crude oil. The crude oil terminal plays an important role in Norwegian exports of this commodity to customers in North America, Europe and Asia. It provides intermediate storage for more than a third of all crude produced by StatoilHydro on the Norwegian continental shelf, including the government’s share.