Greater Stavanger Economic Development
Partner name: Greater Stavanger Economic Development
Address: Greater Stavanger Economic Development, Postbox 8034, 4068 Stavanger
Phone no.: +47 51 87 49 00
Main e-mail: Post@greaterstavanger.com
Project responsibilities:
Work Package 1: Networking and experience transfer between offshore wind communities related to offshore wind test centres and test fields.
Bringing together offshore wind communities and their mayors.
Work Package 2: From contact to contract
Mapping of the Norwegian potential supply chain and encourage businesses to look at the offshore wind market as an opportunity.
Look at ways to transferring oil & gas relevant competences and skills into the offshore wind segment.
Partner name: Greater Stavanger Economic Development
Address: Greater Stavanger Economic Development, Postbox 8034, 4068 Stavanger
Phone no.: +47 51 87 49 00
Main e-mail: Post@greaterstavanger.com
Project responsibilities:
Work Package 1: Networking and experience transfer between offshore wind communities related to offshore wind test centres and test fields.
Bringing together offshore wind communities and their mayors.
Work Package 2: From contact to contract
Mapping of the Norwegian potential supply chain and encourage businesses to look at the offshore wind market as an opportunity.
Look at ways to transferring oil & gas relevant competences and skills into the offshore wind segment.
Regional information
Stavanger is Norway’s 3rd largest city, oil capitol of Norway and the European Capital of Culture for 2008. The region, with close to 300,000 inhabitants, is comprised of the following counties: Stavanger, Sandnes, Sola, Randaberg, Klepp, Time, Hå, Forsand, Rennesøy, Finnøy and Kvitsøy. Stavanger, Sandnes, Sola and Randaberg counties make up the metro area. Each county has its own small town charm, a unique local environment and even its own distinct dialect. Still, most of these counties can be reach in 30 minutes or less.

The 20 Minute Region
The small, varied areas are one of the many advantages of this region. No matter where you choose to work and live the city is never far way. For the past 30 years, the Stavanger Region has been at the forefront of developing Norway into a gas and oil nation. This has made the region home to many different companies within a number of key industries. The cities cultural and leisure opportunities have grown to meet the expectations of its cosmopolitan inhabitants. Greater Stavanger’s effort to build and maintain a strong research and development environment was rewarded in 2005 when Stavanger became home to Norway`s 5th university.
The Stavanger Region has a diverse and dynamic business environment. Greater Stavanger's innovative, value-adding business development has created an open, welcoming atmosphere where local and international networking thrives.

Recently, Stavanger has experienced a trend where small start-up companies have developed technologically advanced products propelling themselves to be world leaders in their field. These developments are stimulating excitement and drawing international attention to our growing region.

Norways Most Productive Region
In 2005, the Stavanger Region was awarded the distinction of being Norway's most successful economic region. Business enterprises in this area are characterized not only by rapid growth but also by their greater profitability. Through thoughtful planning and smart growth innitives, the area has a foundation ready to support new companies establishing themselves in the region. Stavanger's success in the competitive global market place is perhaps its most distinguishing attribute. Stavanger's business community has a well- practiced sensitivity to international economic change and has proven themselves to be highly adaptable. 

Diversified Industries
Stavanger is well known for its large petroleum industry supporting Norway's standing as the 3rd largest oil exporter in the world. However, it is often overlooked that the Stavanger region is also Norway's leading producer of milk, meats, and vegetables and one of the largest employers of industrial labour.

Norway's largest Chamber of Commerce
The Stavanger Chamber of Commerce is a member-oriented organization providing leadership to further promote regional economic prosperity and maintain the high quality of life enjoyed by the citizens of Greater Stavanger. Learn more about the Stavanger Chamber at www.stavanger-chamber.no
The Stavanger region is an international energy center. Our expertise and experience extends across the vast array of sectors within the petroleum industry. Stavanger is known for being at the forefront of research and development and was the first to utilize off shore technology. The region also has a solid understanding of the electrical power production and is known for utilizing natural gas in land-based installations. The current focus on initiatives to expand the use of alternative energy sources ensures that Greater Stavanger will remain a leader in the global energy industry.

International Companies
Many of the world's leading energy companies are located in the Greater Stavanger region. Conoco Philips, Dong, ENI Norge, Gaz de France, Marathon, Norsk AECD, Revus Energy, Rurthrgas, Shell, Statoil, Talisman Energy, and Total make up part of Stavanger's thriving petroleum industry. The region houses some of the most respected corporations within the supply sector. Stavanger is home to a specialized workforce with a high competence in reservoir understanding, drilling and production technologies as well as underwater and environmental technologies. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and The Petroleum Safety Authority is also located in the Stavanger region.

45 000 jobs
Well over 45 000 people in the Stavanger region are working within the energy industry. This is over 50 percent of all energy-based jobs in Norway.
Strong renewable energy sector
The region is one of the leading hydro electric power producing region and we are both providing power to local use and to export through the NorNed cable.
The wind power potential is among the best in Europe with strong prevailing winds both on- and offshore.
The first full scale floating wind turbine is about to be assembled I Stavanger the spring of 2009 for testing outside the island Karmøy that are a few miles north west of Stavanger.
Partner information

Greater Stavanger will be open, energetic & innovative

To promote the highest quality of life as a region, we commit to be open to: 
 different cultures
 different ideas and impulses
 different opinions
 different forms of expressions

We choose to be energetic as we evolve our oil-focused position into an energy-focused position, with a focus on the desired regional development goals, as we develop leadership in:
 energy and the environement internationally (European Energy Capital)
 developing alternative forms of energy
 attractive, international work places
 teamwork

We will be innovative and promote culturally-based creativity and sustainable entrepreneurail energies as we invest in:
 new and efficient public administartion solutions
 new companis and increased innovation in established enterprises
 new networks between business groupings
 new oppertunities for efficient commercialisation of research results
Greatest competitive strenght and value creating abilities by 2020
By 2020, our aim is to develop Greater Stavanger into Norway's foremost region in terms of competitiveness and value-creation. Greater Stavanger shall be measured against and compared with other urban regions. We have chosen to focus on six driving forces or investment areas, each of which individualy combined can provide the region with opportunities for economic value-creation. These are: knowledge, innovation, internationalisation, quality of life, infrastucture and public services
Together we will create a region that is open, energetic and innovative
Greater Stavanger Economic Development strives to make the region a better place for business. We focus on strategic business development. Through market analysis and networking the needs and challenges facing businesses in this area are discovered. We work in close relations with the regions political and administrative leaders and also with the private business sector and academia to make Stavanger the ideal environment for business to thrive.

In 2005, through a joint effort between the private sector, the public sector and the academic community a new strategic business plan was developed. The goal of this new plan is to improve this regions competivness and stimulate innovation. From 2020 the Stavanger Region will be considered Norway’s center for food production and Europe’s energy capital.

Greater Stavanger will be open, energetic & innovative

To promote the highest quality of life as a region, we commit to be open to: 
 different cultures
 different ideas and impulses
 different opinions
 different forms of expressions

We choose to be energetic as we evolve our oil-focused position into an energy-focused position, with a focus on the desired regional development goals, as we develop leadership in:
 energy and the environement internationally (European Energy Capital)
 developing alternative forms of energy
 attractive, international work places
 teamwork

We will be innovative and promote culturally-based creativity and sustainable entrepreneurail energies as we invest in:
 new and efficient public administartion solutions
 new companis and increased innovation in established enterprises
 new networks between business groupings
 new oppertunities for efficient commercialisation of research results
Greatest competitive strenght and value creating abilities by 2020
By 2020, our aim is to develop Greater Stavanger into Norway's foremost region in terms of competitiveness and value-creation. Greater Stavanger shall be measured against and compared with other urban regions. We have chosen to focus on six driving forces or investment areas, each of which individualy combined can provide the region with opportunities for economic value-creation. These are: knowledge, innovation, internationalisation, quality of life, infrastucture and public services
Together we will create a region that is open, energetic and innovative
Greater Stavanger Economic Development strives to make the region a better place for business. We focus on strategic business development. Through market analysis and networking the needs and challenges facing businesses in this area are discovered. We work in close relations with the regions political and administrative leaders and also with the private business sector and academia to make Stavanger the ideal environment for business to thrive.

In 2005, through a joint effort between the private sector, the public sector and the academic community a new strategic business plan was developed. The goal of this new plan is to improve this regions competivness and stimulate innovation. From 2020 the Stavanger Region will be considered Norway’s center for food production and Europe’s energy capital.
Reason for participating in POWER cluster
Participation in POWER cluster gives us and the industry in the South Western part of Norway an unique opportunity to learn and exchange experiences with other offshore wind communities
We need to learn from those other partners where they have longer experience with windpower than we have. And they can learn from us how we have tackled the challenges connected with maritime operations and our oil and gas industry. This is a great window of opportunity for all parties.
Participation in POWER cluster gives us and the industry in the South Western part of Norway an unique opportunity to learn and exchange experiences with other offshore wind communities
We need to learn from those other partners where they have longer experience with windpower than we have. And they can learn from us how we have tackled the challenges connected with maritime operations and our oil and gas industry. This is a great window of opportunity for all parties.