Royal visit to Mongstad

June 17, 2009, 18:21 CEST

King Harald (left) and Queen Sonja (right) are given a guided tour of StatoilHydro’s facility at Mongstad. Head of the facility, Kjell Petter Aanes (centre), is the guide. (Photo: Helge Hansen)

The visit is part of the programme for the royal couple’s three-day round trip in the county of Hordaland.

Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja.(Photo: Helge Hansen)

“We are pleased that King Harald and Queen Sonja are showing an interest in the Mongstad facility by including us in their programme,” said head of the Mongstad facility Kjell Petter Aanes. He guided them around the facility.

During their visit the royal couple were briefed about the current work on the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM). They were also able to take a closer look at the site allocated to the large-scale centre for carbon capture and storage.

The one-hour visit included a guided tour of the refinery’s control room.

The group visiting the facility also included the chief administrative officer of Hordaland county Svein Alsaker, mayor of Lindås municipality Astrid Aarhus Byrknes and mayor of Austrheim municipality Ole Lysø.