Opened the Peregrino oil field
On Tuesday, His Royal Highness The Crown Prince officially opened Statoils new Peregrino oil field outside of Rio de Janeiro. The opening took place on board the Maersk Peregrino about 85 kilometres off the coast of Brazil.
Production in the field began last April, and will be gradually increased up to 100 000 barrels per day. Statoil is a major player in petroleum activities in Brazil, and the Peregrino field is the largest field operated by Statoil outside of Norway.
The first phase of development involves two platforms that are connected to an offshore vessel used for floating oil production, storage and offloading. This vessel was the site of the official opening.
In his remarks, Crown Prince Haakon focused on the productive and expanding cooperation between Norway and Brazil, not only in the maritime sector and petroleum industry but in other crucial areas as well, such as the environment, health care and efforts to combat poverty.
Brazil is one of the most active countries in the world in combating climate change. Your Amazon Fund, which Norway supports, is an expression of our common commitment to fight deforestation and climate change.
Norways aim is to develop even closer ties with Brazil in the years to come. Energy, climate change and the environment, along with global political challenges such as health, human rights and fighting poverty, are all areas where we intend to take our cooperation a step further.
During the opening ceremony, the Crown Prince unveiled a model of the field and a film detailing its development was shown.
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.