Digitalization – brought down to earth

I assume you have heard the word. DIGITALIZATION. It is buzzing in the media, a development so disruptive that it is called the fourth industrial revolution. The potential is huge: Machine learning, artificial intelligence, automation… “Digitalize or die”, they say. Offering threats and opportunities. Well, let me bring this fuzzy doom-day buzzword-filled topic down to…

Hiking, dogs and sticks

Wow, I’m already two months into my six month adventure in Albania. Time flies, and so on. As I’m the prototype of Norwegianism I have spent a fair amount of time hiking. This has resulted in a severely sunburned body numerous times, and it’s a miracle that I have not yet succumbed to dehydration or…

Industry powered by Statkraft

Did you know that Statkraft delivers electricity to customers? You pay for example Fjordkraft or Norgesenergi for your electricity use, as well as a grid fee to Hafslund. But most likely the electrons in your socket originally stems from one of our many (and huge) hydro power plants. Statkrafts main business is production of renewable…

E-World trade fair 2017

E-world, which is the largest European trade fair for the Energy and Water industry, took place in Essen for the 17th time this year! E-world is one of the busiest and most important events for professionals from the European energy industry. More than 700 exhibitions were represented this year, and more than 24 000 visitors from 71 different…

I just moved to Albania!

March 1. was the first time I set foot on Albanian soil. It will be my first time living abroad, and I’m here to stay for 6 months. In accordance with Norwegian customs I blatantly disregarded the so called winter in Tirana and arrived happily wearing a t-shirt (also carrying around 50 kg of luggage, I…

Help! I’ve become a Purchase Order advocate

I used to be on the other side. In previous jobs, I received messages from the finance department reminding me to get a Purchase Order (PO) for my purchases and before I make the purchase. Why? Because Finance needed control over the company spending and cash flow. I rarely followed their instructions because I didn’t…

Is predicting the future getting harder?

In 2016, the world was first surprised by the UK’s decision to leave the European Union and later also by Trump getting elected as the president of the United States. One of the main reasons these news struck most people by surprise was because the majority of the opinion polls were pointing in the opposite…

Checking out Statkraft’s reservoirs in the winter

This February some dedicated young Statkraft employees, mostly current and former trainees, organized a weekend trip to Vamark in Telemark, which is one of Statkraft’s many cabins in southern Norway.  Our goal? To enjoy the great skiing conditions and have fun. I also used the opportunity to learn more about Statkraft’s assets in the area….

From theory to practice – Seeing project execution up close

After 6 months in Sweden, my next adventure took me to Sauda and Dalen in southern Norway where I have worked with large refurbishment projects on some of Statkraft’s largest power plants. When working with projects there is a lot of pre-planning that is related to profitability, asset condition, risk of failure, meetings, etc. It…