During the first week of February 2024 a delegation from HEREMA and other Greek energy organizations and entities visited Norway, in the context of a wider collaboration between the two countries in the offshore wind sector.  

HEREMA was proudly represented by Flora Karathanasi, our Offshore Wind Programme Lead, and Senior Advisor Constantinos Tzimeas. In part, the visit took place in the context of an EEA grants-funded project, implemented by HEREMA and supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Athens

EEA grants is a fund comprising contributions from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, with the aim to reduce economic and social disparities within EU countries. And the specific project implemented by HEREMA is titled “Review of the Norwegian Oil and Gas industry’s Transformation during the Energy Transition and its application to Greece.” 

It’s an 18-month project to be concluded in May 2024 and involves comprehensive research and assessment of the successful transformation of the Norwegian energy sector with the development of “green” energy solutions – such offshore wind and carbon capture and storage projects.

The overarching aim of the project of to apply relevant techniques and good practices in the Greek energy sector as well, given the similarities between the two countries – especially with regard to their offshore wind capacity and potential. And in the process of implementing this project, HEREMA has greatly benefited in its efforts to launch and implement Greece’s National Development Programme for Offshore Wind Farms.

The HEREMA delegation in Norway was hosted by two of the country’s key energy organizations Norwegian Offshore Wind and SINTEF (The Foundation for Industrial and Technical Research). The team’s schedule comprised meetings and presentations relating to offshore wind strategies, including site visits to the Aibel yard in Haugensund and the Ocean Basin Laboratory.

The visit, its aims and benefits was captured in an article published by Greek outlet energygame.gr.