Norway emerged as a hero to help Europe relieve the thirst for burning, but also suffered criticism for taking advantage of the crisis to profit.

After more than 7 months of war in Ukraine, Norway became an increasingly energy security center of Europe.


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The leaks of the Nord Stream pipeline last month did not make the EU too worried about the supply crisis, when Europe tried to reduce dependence on Russian energy, and a new pipeline connected from Norway to three.

EU countries now put their faith in Norway to pass the cold winter months and help fill their reserves for many years to come.

The impact of Ukraine conflicts is helping Norwegian revenue from selling gas are undeniable.

Many people criticize the Norwegian energy revenue.

The location of Norwegian Baltic Pipe pipes to Norwegian gas to Poland.

Norwegian officials denied the accusation of profiteering.

This controversy became the focus in the past week, when Prime Minister Norway Jonas Gahr Store and European leaders participated in the unofficial summit in Prague, the Czech Republic.

Over the past months, a small group of Norwegian legislators called for transferring outstanding profits from oil and gas in 2022 to the solidarity fund in Europe.

The Russian President Vladimir Putin's conduct of the energy battle in Europe is not our fault.

The EU has agreed to impose income tax to some energy manufacturers and solidarity contributions from fossil fuel companies.

But the Norwegian government proved less salty with the above ideas, according to observers.

Andreas Bjelland Eriksen's Energy and Petroleum Minister denied the allegations of Norwegian profits from conflicts, emphasizing that high energy prices also harm the country.

Some Norwegians even questioned why they had to save nations like Germany, which had become rich by relying on Russia's cheap gas and petroleum.

On the back of the scenes, many EU officials and diplomats also admitted they felt awkward when this bloc in 2021 asked Norway to not exploit oil and gas in the Arctic to avoid contributing to climate change, but in 2022

At Stavanger, the Center for Petroleum industry of Norway, the Russian war in Ukraine brought luck.

The discovery of offshore oil in the late 1960s turned this normal coastal land into an important place and helped Norway become rich.

We went from zero to a hero in a short time, Kolbjorn Andreasen, Communications Manager of the Offshore Niefge Industry Association in Stavanger.

High demand, while the low supply has escalated the price of energy, which Andreasgen and others in the Petroleum field of Norway is considered to be the obvious reality of life.


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I have seen how the price has increased down for decades, Frode Leversund, Gassco CEO, Norwegian pipeline operator to Europe.

The EU complains about the price, but this is a market price, Bjorn Vidar Leroen, a person with a lot of experience in the Norwegian gas industry and is the author of the historical book about Troll gas field.

Leroen's book was published in the 1990s, telling the story of those who discovered one of the largest gas fields in Norway and decided to develop it appropriately, when spending most of the revenue for the revenue.

The title of the book, was written by NATO Secretary General NATO Jens Stoltenberg, who was then Norwegian Minister and Energy Minister, predicting the durable relationship between the buyer and the seller will maintain the flow of air from

But in the past 20 years, Europe has freely turned the gas market, shifting from a long -term contract between buyers and sellers to the market immediately.

Leroen is less sympathetic to European buyers.

He added that Europe also did not quickly aid to Norway in 2014, when oil prices decreased, leading to unemployment and instability in the labor market of this country.

Statoil oil drilling company offshore Stavanger, Norway in 2016. Photo: Reuters.

But when the Norwegian government earns high profits from gas, many ordinary people in the country are in difficult situation.

Not far from the gas pipeline to Europe in Stavanger, the owner of Ingunn Johannnessen store is drawing a freezer and worried about the winter ahead.

Since 1851, the Johannnessen family has been trading a small grocery store, selling from food to fishing and other items for residents living along the Fjord Bay.

I was very frustrated with electric bills, she said.

Johannnessen said that like many others, she was watching the war in Ukraine and wondered if the conflict was the only cause of business.

Anyone can increase the price of all items and claim that it was Putin's fault, she said.

The local government has made a lot of money from the nearby Gassco gas plant and Johannnessen wants them to do more to help businesses maintain their operations.

Ingrid Land, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, expressed hope that Norwegian companies signed a longer -term contract with the EU, helping to bring stable revenue, while allowing customers to enjoy lower prices.

However, long -term contracts can also harm the climate of Norway.

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