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…

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….

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…

Steve Jobs of the energy industry

I woke up at 4.15 on Thursday morning. Not because I already had to, my alarm was set to 4.45, but because I was excited. Four of us Statkraft trainees were bound for Steinkjer in the county of Nord-Trøndelag to meet other trainees in the energy sector to discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead. Such…