Telemark’s subsea hero
Telemark Technologies is a resourceful company delivering solutions for the oil industry and more
On Liberation and Veterans Day, May 8, I had the honor to meet Joachim Rønneberg. He was the leader of the demolition team that went into action against the Norsk Hydro heavy water production plant in Vemork in February 1943. This is probably the most famous operation in Norway during WWII. In 1965 he was portrayed in the American movie “The Heroes of Telemark” by Kirk Douglas. Therefore I thought it only natural this time to present an innovative company from Telemark.
The inhabitants of rural Norway have traditionally, due to geographical obstacles, sparse population, and lack of infrastructure, been practitioners of self-sufficiency and innovation in order to improve their lot. The company Telemark Technologies draws on this tradition, combined with novel academic concepts such as systems engineering and backed up by highly professional machining and manufacturing facilities.
The company is a trusted subsea engineering and development partner for offshore oil and gas producers and subsea equipment manufacturers. They specialize in engineering for the subsea industry and they are innovators who have developed industry advances. Telemark Technologies is headquartered in Kongsberg, a technology hub for the global offshore oil and gas industry. They operate world-class fabrication facilities and are a key supplier of comprehensive projects, products, and services to the worldwide subsea industry.
Telemark Technologies is a group with divisions complementing each other, making them able to deliver more comprehensive projects, products, and services. They draw, calculate, construct, produce prototypes, and do machining and welding, as well as coating treatment and services. They also offer testing services for subsea qualification and certification.
The founders and employees believe that many industries, not least the larger organizations in the subsea oil industry, in many situations value access to a smaller outfit able to combine inventiveness, diverse backgrounds, enthusiasm, and specialized know-how into fast-track practical solutions. In particular, close collaboration and communication between the designer and the machining facility is of the essence in order to accomplish prototypes or quality components in the shortest possible time.
Telemark Technologies is this year’s winner of The Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises in Telemark’s Entrepreneurship Award.
The 50 employees of Telemark Technologies are charging full throttle into the subsea industry!
This article originally appeared in the May 22, 2015, issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.