Norwegian PM open to EU gas agreement and price caps

Norwegian PM Jonas Gahr Støre said Wednesday that the country is open to discussing price caps and gas agreements with Europe.

Pictured is a file photo of Jonas Gahr Støre
Jonas Gahr Støre has said that the governemnt is potential cap on gas prices. Pictured: A file photo of Norway's Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre speaking to members of the media outside 10 Downing Street in central London. Photo by Daniel Leal/ AFP.

Norway would be open to the possibility of a long-term gas agreement and price cap with European partners to help ease the energy crisis, the Financial Times reports.

“I fully understand that Europe now has a profound debate about how energy markets work, how they can secure more affordable prices for citizens, families, industries, and how this shortfall of gas after Putin’s aggression can be handled,” Prime Minister of Norway, Jonas Gahr Støre, told the newspaper on Wednesday.

“Norway is not closing doors to any such discussion,” he added.

However, Støre did say that the EU should be wary of implementing measures which could threaten the security of power supplies, according to the report in the Financial Times.

The country has worked to maximise gas production in light of the invasion of Ukraine earrlier this year. So far, the country has increased gas supplies to Europe by around 10 percent.

Norway was working to be recognised as a “predictable and long-term” partner, FT’s report said. Norway is currently Europe’s second-largest supplier of energy to Europe.

European Union energy ministers are due to meet on Friday to discuss the implementation of caps on Russian natural gas prices, according to a report by Reuters.

Price caps on gas are seen as a potential measure the EU could implement to try and curb soaring energy prices.
Støre told Norwegian newswire NTB on Wednesday that the country wouldn’t close the door to any proposals suggested by the EU.

“This work is now ongoing, and the concrete content of the proposals is not yet known. That is why I have said that at the present time, we cannot close the door to any of the solutions the EU is discussing until we see the whole and the concrete content of the proposals,” he said.

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Norway to lower temperature at train stations by 4C

Bane Nor - the government agency that manages Norway's railway network – announced on Tuesday that it would lower the temperature at the country's train stations in an effort to reduce energy consumption.

Norway to lower temperature at train stations by 4C

The temperature at 334 train stations in Norway will be lowered from 21 to 17 degrees. 

The measure should reduce energy consumption by 10 percent and save up to 13 million kroner annually, according to Bane Nor.

However, some exceptions will apply. Stations with areas where people need to work – kiosks, cafes, and shops – will have their workplace temperature set to 19-20 degrees.

“We have to save where we can when it comes to energy and money. The temperature will drop a few degrees in the waiting rooms, but we expect people to be dressed for Norwegian Autumn weather. 

“Compared to the temperature outside, it will still be nice, warm, and dry on our premises,” Knut Øivind Ruud Johansen, director of stations in Bane Nor Eiendom, stated.

The agency has also lowered the temperature in its own office workplaces and workshops.