Government of Norway

08/18/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/18/2020 12:04

U.S. and Norway Strengthen Cooperation on Offshore Energy and Seabed Minerals

Today in Washington DC, the US Department of Interior (DOI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE).

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a framework for continued cooperation between DOI and MPE in the areas of offshore oil and gas, offshore wind energy and seabed minerals.

- The MOU signed today will further strengthen the longstanding energy partnership between our two countries. I'm convinced that sharing of best practices and experience will be mutually beneficial, and contribute to sustainable resource management, said Mr. Tony C. Tiller, State Secretary at the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Activities outlined in the MOU framework include the exchange of scientific and technical information, and cooperation regarding research and technological development. DOI and MPE will remain in regular contact and foster discussion of experiences, best practices, policy, and regulatory initiatives relevant to the development of offshore resources.

The U.S. and Norway are two of the world's largest offshore energy producers and have decades of experience to draw upon in expanding discussions on oil and gas best practices. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Katharine MacGregor and Norwegian Ambassador to the U.S., Mr. Kåre R. Aas signed the agreement during a ceremony in Washington, DC.

Link to the U.S Department of Interior press release.