RWE Dea Scholarship Program in Music handed out for the 13th time

Top Quote The development of the High North was in focus when RWE Dea gathered people working with and within the oil and gas industry at the RWE Dea evening for cultural and professional inspiration in Oslo Thursday night. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 23, 2012 - The program for RWE Dea’s evening for culture and professional inspiration was truly diverse. Northern Norway was the professional theme for the evening, and great interest was shown in Hans Olav Karde’s visions and recommendations for development in the North. Karde is the newly appointed chair of the Government’s High North committee.

    RWE Dea’s Scholarship Programme in Music for talented young students in the field of classical music was handed out for the 13th year in a row, and the winners of last year’s scholarships performed a memorable concert.

    An evening for professional, cultural and culinary inspiration

    Hans Olav Karde opened the evening by elaborating on his visions for the further development of his region. Karde referred to several business areas with growth prospects in the North, such as the energy sector, and in particular the great potential of the oil and gas industry. Yet, he also stated that it is necessary with clear national priorities to realise the potential.

    “Rich natural resources suggest a promising future for Northern Norway, yet there are challenges regarding recruitment and infrastructure”, said Karde, who is the CEO of SpareBank1 Nord-Norge, and a leading figure in business and cultural life in the North.

    The oil industry welcomes strategies for the region

    “I believe the oil industry welcomes national priorities and holistic strategies for the Nordic region”, said Hans-Joachim Polk, Managing Director of RWE Dea Norge. “Businesses also need to consider the overall development of societies in the North. It is more than a question of responsibility, it is a question of making societies appealing, offering cultural inspiration and social welfare, in order to attract the employees we are so dependent on”, added the German who entered the management in Norway in 2011.

    The large German oil and gas company RWE Dea has been present on the Norwegian continental shelf for almost 40 years. Mr. Ralf to Baben, Chief Operating Officer from the parent company in Germany said, RWE Dea is eager to develop further business and collaboration in Norway.

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    Notes to the editors

    The scholarship program was established in year 2000, with the objective to promote academic and cultural exchange between Norway and Germany. Each year two to four students in classical music receive either 40.000 or 80.000 Norwegian Kroner (about 5.250 or 10.500 Euro) as support to continue their studies in Germany.

    RWE Dea Norge AS is a subsidiary of the German oil and gas company RWE Dea AG and has been present in Norway for almost 40 years. The company has ownership interests in several producing fields, such as Snorre, Gjøa and Snøhvit, and is participating in two of the most important recent discoveries on the Norwegian continental shelf, Luno and Knarr. RWE Dea Norge is operator of six licenses in the exploration phase, and on two of these licences, Zidane and Titan, discoveries were made in 2010.

    RWE Dea AG, headquartered in Hamburg, is an international company operating in the field of exploration and production of natural gas and crude oil. The company deploys state-of-the-art drilling and production technologies, putting its many years’ experience acquired to good use. RWE Dea has set new standards in the fields of safety and environmental protection.

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