Civic Reception for Norwegian Guests
The Norwegian company set to lead operations for the new Dogger Bank Wind Farm has been given a special civic welcome to South Shields Town Hall.
Staff from Equinor visited to meet with the new Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor John McCabe to celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day, the official National Day of Norway. It marks the anniversary of the signing of the constitution of Norway which saw Norway declared an independent nation on 17 May 1814.
During the visit, guests discussed past and present links between South Tyneside and Norway and were given a tour of the Edwardian town hall building. The Norwegian flag also flew over South Shields Town Hall.
The Mayor said: "I was delighted to welcome the delegation from Equinor to our grand town hall building on Norwegian Constitution Day, which is a huge celebration in Norway.
"The visit was a great opportunity to talk to Equinor about its work turning natural resources into energy, especially the exciting developments in offshore renewable energy happening right on our Port and off our coastline.
"South Tyneside remains a welcoming place for all nationalities, and it was wonderful to host our friends from Equinor and Norway on this important day."
Equinor is the UK's leading energy provider, supplying electricity, natural gas and oil, and aims to reach net zero emissions globally by 2050.
Equinor is currently delivering the Dogger Bank Wind Farm off the North East coast with its partners SSE Renewables and Vårgrønn. Once completed, it will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, with Equinor operating it from its state-of-the-art Operations and Maintenance base at the Port of Tyne for the next 35 years.
Tom Nightingale. North East Stakeholder Manager for Equinor, said: "It was a great pleasure to meet with the new Mayor of South Tyneside on Norwegian day and to discuss Equinor's investment into the South Tyneside area during the construction and operation of the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind farm. We're proud of the investment we're making into the local community - and especially so on a day that celebrates the strong connection between Norway and the North East of England. "