Crown prince and minister at Statoil stand

February 14, 2006, 14:20 CET

Norway’s Crown Prince Haakon and petroleum and energy minister Odd Roger Enoksen visited Statoil's stand during the opening of the E-World energy & water fair in the German town of Essen today, 14 February.

Rune Bjørnson, executive vice president for Natural Gas, demonstrated Fyk, an environment-friendly car which runs on hythane, a mixture of hydrogen and natural gas. Statoil supplies the fuel and is the main sponsor of Fyk, which has been developed by the Norwegian company Aetek.

E-World is arranged annually and is the largest exhibition in Germany. It is geared towards suppliers and purchasers of energy. This year Norway is one of the partner countries organising the three-day event. Statoil is responsible for organising a grand party for 1,000 guests on 15 February. Entertainment will be provided by Silje Nergaard and the Statoil Big Band.

Germany is Statoil's most important single gas market. The country imports 80 per cent of its gas requirements of almost 100 billion cubic metres per year. In 2007 Statoil will be able to provide about 20 per cent of the gas Germany needs.

Statoil is participating in E-World primarily to promote natural gas as a significant energy source. The group is also presenting its commitment to hydrogen at its stand, where Fyk is an eye-catching example of new use of a new type of fuel.