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Minister knew of Mongstad delay. Petroleum and Energy Minister to explain to Parliament. There’s further trouble at the Mongstad mill for the government. It already knew the project would have to be delayed in October 2009, according to NRK.Too ambitious ”We indicated back then realising the 2014 start-up deadline could be difficult,” says Ole Rønning, vice-president of Gassnova - the state company responsible for planning and building the purification plant.

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Minister knew of Mongstad delay

Published on Friday, 7th May, 2010 at 10:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 7th May 2010 at 11:51.

Petroleum and Energy Minister to explain to Parliament.

Terje Riis-Johansen and Jens Stoltenberg
Riis-Johansen: "It's quite interesting that one gets criticised."Terje Riis-Johansen and Jens Stoltenberg
Photo: Arbeiderpartiet/Flickr


There’s further trouble at the Mongstad mill for the government. It already knew the project would have to be delayed in October 2009, according to NRK.

Too ambitious

”We indicated back then realising the 2014 start-up deadline could be difficult,” says Ole Rønning, vice-president of Gassnova - the state company responsible for planning and building the purification plant.

On last night’s debate programme on NRK, “Debatten”, Rønning admitted things looked even more unrealistic a few months ago.

“We were forced to recognise at Easter the scheme would be far too extensive for us to keep to schedule.”

Gassnova asked for more time, especially because the test facility isn’t operational yet.

Statoil, that signed an agreement with the government just four years ago to make an investment decision in 2012 at the latest, warned there may be a delay already in February last year.

Contradiction

Terje Riis-Johansen, the Centre Party’s (Sp) Petroleum and Energy Minister, says the deadline only looked unrealistic this February.

But the government only announced it on 01 May. Labour’s (Ap) Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, was grilled about its decision to delay the project under Wednesday’s Parliamentary Question Time.

Riis-Johansen, who first of all blames Gassnova for the hold-up says he’s to present the assessments to Parliament on Tuesday for the first time.

“It’s quite interesting that one gets criticised for trying to keep to target, after having received so much censure for not doing so in the past.”




Published on Friday, 7th May, 2010 at 10:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 7th May 2010 at 11:51.

This post has the following tags: terje, riis-johansen, jens, stoltenberg, mongstad, gassnova, statoil, parliament, delays.





  
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