Norway has pledged to continue supplying Germany with large quantities of gas, while warning that its capacity is not unlimited.
Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said after a meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Oslo that they cannot simply make a political decision to further increase the supply volume. Norway has already increased its gas exports and is now supplying as much as it can.
Scholz thanked Norway for supplying as much natural gas as possible. It is very important to reduce the dependence on Russian gas. Norway is a special partner for Germany. Scholz said they want to expand and deepen the energy partnership.
Earlier, Scholz attended a conference of the Nordic Council, which in addition to Germany and Norway includes Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. The main topics of the meeting were energy supply and the security situation against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine.
Norway currently supplies record amounts of oil and gas to Germany and Europe as a whole. For Germany, Norway is the second largest supplier of gas after Russia. Currently, Norway covers more than 30 percent of Germany's natural gas requirements. Norway has significantly increased its gas exports since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, thereby replacing some gas imports from Russia.