Visited FMC Technologies
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon concluded his official visit to St. Petersburg today with a short visit to FMC Technologies. The Norwegian company is a leading global supplier of solutions for subsea oil and gas production.
FMC Technologies established activities in Russia in 2009, with a head office in Moscow. In St. Petersburg, the company collaborates on competence-building with St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, and has established an educational centre, the FMC Polytechnic Center, on the campus. Here, students who have completed a Masters degree in mechanical engineering may take a six-month course in subsea technology. Subsequently, those who qualify may continue with a 12–18 month trainee programme at company headquarters in Kongsberg, Norway. Individuals who complete the programme are offered a position at FMCs Engineering Center in St. Petersburg.
Crown Prince Haakon was given a presentation of the companys background during his visit to the offices near the Winter Palace. Two employees provided him with their insights into the research cooperation and what it is like to be a young Russian engineer in a Norwegian company.
FMC Technologies has delivered all the subsea equipment for Russias first purely subsea field: Gazproms Kirinskoye field off Sakhalin in the easternmost part of the country. The field was opened in 2013, and the system will produce gas from six wells. The installation is the first of its kind in Russia.
Science and culture
Research, sports, beekeeping and music. Norway and Slovenia share a wide array of interests, and today the King and Queen and the Slovenian President, Borut Pahor, gained insight into several of them.
State visit from Slovenia
Today Their Majesties The King and Queen welcomed the President of the Republic of Slovenia, His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, to Norway. This is the first State Visit to Norway of a Slovenian President and King Harald and Queen Sonja are his hosts.