About Statkraft Trainee

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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…

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…

Closing the Circle

My time as a trainee in Statkraft has just come to an end. During my two year programme I have worked with operations and maintenance from different angles within the company. I started my journey at Statkraft’s headquarters working with support within operation and maintenance. Afterwards, I moved to England to work with offshore wind…

Procurement – it’s much more than getting the lowest price

If I tell people I now work in procurement, they are either confused (“what was that again?”) or indifferent. Indeed, procurement may sound like a simple task at first. All you do is buy things with your company’s money. Can’t be that hard, can it? Some people also wonder what we buy in Statkraft… So,…

Flow measurements – why, how and when (part 2)

This is the highly anticipated sequel to the acclaimed “Flow measurements – why, how and when”-series. The measuring of flow As you are now familiar with most things relevant when it comes to measuring the flow of a turbine, let’s look into a real flow measurement case: A power plant group is unsure of the…

Flow measurements – the why, how and when (part 1)

This is the first of a two-part installment looking into flow measurements. The why of measuring flow You would think that we know every ebb and flow of our hydro power plants. After all, they are equipped with vibration sensors, temperature sensors, and lots and lots of other measuring devices which allow us to collect…

Big data and artificial intelligence – the future of commodity market analysis

“Computers are “starting to open their eyes”” – Google – Jeff Dean AI is colloquially known as machines exhibiting intelligent cognitive behavior such as learning and complex problem solving. 2015 was a big year for AI and 2016 continues the trend with big players such as IBM, Facebook, Google, Apple and Tesla making headlines. Today computers…

A week at Statkraft

I’m writing this post at the end of my first eight days at Statkraft. It has been a week of great learning; I got first insights into procurement and risk management and am impressed with people’s expertise. My colleagues have many years’ experience procuring for large projects in all parts of the world. They know…

Hello World!

Hey everyone! We are the four new trainees at Statkraft: Nikolai Austarheim, Morten Dæhli Aslesen, Dominique Farag and Larissa Leuenberger. Over the next two years each of us will be working for four different departments at Statkraft and we will be sharing our experiences through this blog. Nikolai is starting his traineeship in Power Generation, Morten…