(Nordlys via BarentsObserver, 18 May 2009) -- The [Norwegian] Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs will cover all expenses for removal of the wreck of the cruiser, which ended its days in the rocks outside Sørvær on the coast of Finnmark in December 1994, news paper Nordlys writes. The cruiser was being tugged southwards for scrapping when it tore away during a storm. The Norwegian company AF Gruppen Norge AS is chosen as contractor for the project, and the work will probably start this summer. The wreck has been to a lot of nuisance to the local population, and environmentalists have raised questions about environmental problems related to the wreck.
Posted 18 May 2009; 10:14:39 AM. Permalink
(Radio Sweden, 18 May 2009) -- The world's biggest polar bear zoo opens in Central Sweden on Monday. "Polar world" at the Orsa bear park in Dalarna, is spread over 40,000 square metres and with the help of Europe's top polar bear experts, recreates as much as possible the endangered species natural habitat. The aim of the project is to provide a breeding habitat for the bears. Polar bears from Germany and the Netherlands have been moved to Orsa.
Posted 18 May 2009; 10:08:11 AM. Permalink
(BarentsObserver, 15 May 2009) -- Norwegian state-owned energy grid company Statnett intends to make northern Norway its top priority region the next 15 years. New energy transmission lines will be constructed, which could open a new era of industrial opportunities in the region. Statnett, Norway’s main national grid owner and operator, today presented plans, which will make northern Norway the company’s main investment region the next 15 years. Company information director Tor Inge Akselsen confirms to NRK that wind park plans and new oil and gas projects are main reasons for the planned investments. The news about the investments come just a week after the Norwegian government approved the development plans for the Goliat oil field in the Barents Sea. As BarentsObserver reported, that field is to be developed with power from the mainland. The investments in the region have a price tag of about 8 billion NOK, Norwegian broadcaster NRK reports. Included in the plans is a new 420 KW transmission line from Balsfjord to Hammerfest and a 132 KW line from the Norwegian-Russian Pasvik border river to Varangerbotn Insufficient power transmission capacity has been the roadblock to a number of new industrial project in northern Norway, among them several wind power project along the Barents Sea. The Norwegian government represented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is the owner and ministry responsible for Statnett.
Posted 18 May 2009; 10:03:02 AM. Permalink