Ambassador Andersen: It's my job to make Norwegian companies notice Greece

Norwegian Ambassador to Greece, Frode Overland Andersen

Norway's Ambassador to Greece, Frode Overland Andersen, in an interview to AMNA that he would not be doing his job if he did not inform the Norwegian Energy Ministry and Norwegian companies there there was potential in northern Greece, especially in the energy sector.

"Obviously, I cannot promise investments but I must say what is happening here because I think Norwegian industry was not watching what is happening in Greece as closely as it should," the ambassador said.

Norwegian companies like Equinor are now waiting for the new law on floating wind parks to pass in Greece so they can determine their next investment moves in Greece, he noted.

According to Ambassador Andersen, the ports of Thessaloniki and Alexandroupolis in northern Greece play a key role as there are large-scale construction projects at sea nearby, such as floating wind farms.

These projects are not possible without port infrastructure with sufficient depth.

The Norwegian, who recently visited Thessaloniki, said "the region of northern Greece is today one of the most interesting in the country."

He explained that this was because it is the place where much of this change in the energy "terrain" is taking place, through projects such as the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) for natural gas in Alexandroupolis, the Interconnector Pipeline of Greece, the corresponding pipeline with North Macedonia as well as the huge Renewable Energy Sources (RES) project in western Macedonia.

These projects have the aim of phasing out coal-fired power plants

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