Sverre Gotaas, CEO of Herøya Industripark AS, looks back on 2023, a year with much activity and great effort from the employees of the industrial park company.
"There has been a lot to do, and those who are here are doing an excellent job for the companies in the industrial park.
Significant activity and optimism
"Expansions are a keyword," says Gotaas. "We know that several, both smaller and larger companies in Herøya, have plans for changes and expansions of production facilities and production areas. So there is relatively high optimism among the companies here in the industrial park. That is important for us going forward in the year."
Carbon capture and hydrogen
Efforts are being made towards carbon capture and a catapult centre for testing Hydrogen infrastructure. "Projects crucial for the region, especially regarding carbon capture and hydrogen, are progressing very well," says Gotaas.
The Katapult Node Telemark and Grenland Industrial Carbon Capture and Storage (GICCS), led by Powered by Telemark, are among the most important initiatives for the region at the moment, according to Gotaas.
"Finding solutions to capture all carbon dioxide emissions from the industry and making test infrastructure for hydrogen available is something I strongly believe in. I can see that research, along with the research park and SINTEF here at Herøya, is beginning to yield results. My perception is that there is a lower threshold for adopting R&D than before, especially for companies that do not have their own R&D department."
30. January 2024