Equinor and the Empire Wind-project: Energizing our future with offshore wind

Your Royal Highness,                                                 *Checked against delivery


Ladies and gentlemen,

Dear everyone,

It is a great pleasure to meet all of you, and to be present at the official opening of Equinor's New York office.


I also want to congratulate you on the Empire Wind Project!

The Empire Wind Project is important, not only to Equinor, but to all of us.

It will create many jobs in the New York region.

Cut greenhouse gas emissions.

And build industrial partnerships across the Atlantic.


I love it when people think outside the box.

When they set big, hairy goals for themselves.

We need big, hairy goals if we want to make a difference.

Equinor and New York State are delivering on their climate goals by being innovative, determined, and of course by working together!

By combining first class expertise from both American and Norwegian companies, a major green project is being realized.

This is the recipe for success in the years to come.


Equinor is an excellent example of Norwegian companies taking advantage of their experience from the petroleum sector to deliver new and sustainable energy solutions.

In a way, one could say that Norway’s more than 50 years of experience in the petroleum sector is playing a part in the current boom in the development of new energy solutions here in New York.

Due to highly skilled workers, innovation and technological development, Equinor, along with several other Norwegian companies, is at the very forefront of developing floating wind technology.

And it does not stop there.

The ongoing development of CCS technology, hydrogen and battery technology may create great new opportunities for both Norwegian and American companies.

And at the same time provide solutions that help us reach the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.


Even though an entire ocean divides us, the relationship between Norway and the United States is a very close one. 

Our common goal is clear; to build a sustainable economy for the future.

A future where green solutions and profitable businesses go hand in hand.

Where innovation and determination bring us together.

Projects like Empire Wind are lighting the way to that future.

By joining forces across the Atlantic, Norwegian and American companies can gain a competitive advantage in the green transition.

Creating new business opportunities.

I look forward to seeing green solutions further strengthening the relationship between our two countries.

I wish you the best of luck on your important, ground-breaking project.

Thank you so much for your attention.