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Hildegunn T. Blindheim new CEO of Norwegian Oil and Gas

The board of Norwegian Oil and Gas has appointed Hildegunn T. Blindheim as the new Director General of Norwegian Oil and Gas.

Blindheim comes from the position as director of climate and environment in Norwegian Oil and Gas and has previously worked in the Norwegian Environment Agency and the Norwegian Institute for Air Research. She's a Cand. Scient. from the University of Oslo

– With Blindheim, Norwegian Oil and Gas will have an experienced leader with a long career from the organization and the petroleum industry. With Blindheim's unique insight into our industry and the green transition we are in the middle of, we are confident that Blindheim is the right person for the job, says board chair Monica Bjørkmann. Furthermore, the most important job will be to work for framework conditions that enable the petroleum industry to continue to be developed, deliver jobs throughout Norway and provide income to the community for a long time to come. This must be done at the same time as the industry contributes to achieving the ambitious climate goals we have set ourselves.

– The petroleum industry is entering very important years where we will further develop cost-effective oil and gas projects with low emissions from production, and strengthen the focus on new value chains such as CO2 capture and storage, offshore wind, hydrogen from natural gas and seabed minerals, says Blindheim. We will also deliver on large emission reductions on the NCS until 2030. This will be crucial for the restructuring we are going through as an energy sector. It will secure jobs, and not least income for the state and the Norwegian population based on the energy resources and CO2 storage capacity on the shelf. This requires that we strengthen cooperation in the entire industry in good cooperation with the authorities, and I look forward to taking on that task, says Blindheim.

– The board would also like to thank Anniken Hauglie for the important work she has done, and wish her luck with new tasks in NHO.

Blindheim will take up the position on November 15, 2021.