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“The municipality of Narvik has provided us with excellent conditions to build this company,” explains Sverre Mogstad, Section Staff Manager at Nordkraft AS. “Here the facilities have the cold climate they need, as well as good infrastructure and a stable political situation. We have a positive outlook on the future.”

Nordkraft faces little competition in its field of energy production and has established a grid that delivers energy to homes and businesses of all sizes.

Moreover, the fact that there is a prestigious university based in Narvik provides Nordkraft with a steady stream of competitive and determined graduates. “We are in a fortunate position that the Arctic University of Norway is located here, allowing us to recruit young, ambitious engineers easily,” adds Mr. Mogstad. “If we seek more experienced personnel, we tend to look for people who are originally from Narvik who have gained more world experience and would be attracted to the prospect of returning home with their families.”

This combination of fresh minds and seasoned employees provides Nordkraft with the workforce needed to keep up with a rapidly evolving energy industry. “In Norway, hydropower has a long history dating back to 1900,” explains Mr. Mogstad. “For many years the market situation was more or less unchanged. Now we are facing the need to keep up with the rapid innovation in the field of renewable energy.”

Specifically, Nordkraft has been observing some key developments in the field from its Central European counterparts, which have the potential to be applied to Norwegian power grids as well: “In Germany, more and more people are starting to install solar panels on their roofs and even feed energy back into the grid, so the grid has to function both ways,” elaborates Mr. Mogstad. “In this dynamic industry, we have to stay on our toes if we want to continue in renewable energies.”

Sverre Mogstad
What excites me most about this profession is being able to start every day knowing that I am taking a proactive role against climate change – that I am part of the solution, not the problem. Sverre MogstadSection Staff Manager

In order to keep up with the fast-paced Energiewende – or energy transition – Nordkraft has committed itself to initiating an energy cluster together with other power companies and local universities.

“The aim will be to identify solutions to common challenges – like how to digitize our operations further and put more pressure on the transportation industry to accelerate the shift toward more sustainable alternatives,” says Mr. Mogstad. “This cluster will function as a collective R&D department for all stakeholders active in the field.”

Mr. Mogstad views Nordkraft’s work positively. “What excites me most about this profession is being able to start every day knowing that I am taking a proactive role against climate change – that I am part of the solution, not the problem,” he concludes.

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