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Equinor take part in Norwegian State Visit to Japan

Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre and his Japanese counterpart Yasutoshi Nishimura

Equinor were among the participants during Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre and Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre’s visit to Japan in December. Two declarations about stronger Japanese-Norwegian collaboration through the energy transition was signed.

Prime Minister Støre and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida issued a joint declaration on the establishment of a strategic partnership between the two countries, while Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre and his Japanese counterpart Yasutoshi Nishimura signed a joint declaration on establishing closer cooperation on the green transition.

Ingunn Svegården, Equinor’s Senior Vice President for Renewables Asia-Pacific, was part of the delegation, sharing perspectives during a Japan-Norway Green Partnership Seminar:

“The most important thing to make offshore wind a reality in Japan is to work together. Together with politicians, together with local communities and together with the rest of the industry. By working together and building on each other’s experiences and strengths, we can really build the scale needed, cut the costs to make floating more competitive, and create win-win opportunities for both Norway and Japan” said Svegården at the seminar.

Equinor established an office in Tokyo in 2018 to position for upcoming offshore wind projects in the country.

“Japan is the third largest power market in the world, with a clear need to diversify its energy mix – and an important partner and ally of Norway. We want to be a partner in Japan’s energy transition, where offshore wind projects is critical for Japan to achieve its targets. Strong government-to-government collaboration is an enabler of this, and we are very happy to see the common declarations between Japan and Norway that was signed during the visit,” said Marc Courtemanche, Equinor’s Country Manager in Japan.

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