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The inhabitants of the north-western Himalayan region have to live with winter temperatures of more than 20 degrees below zero, without electricity or access to wood for fuel. At the same time, the whole area has abundant geothermal springs, with water at temperatures above 85 degrees Celsius gushing up from the bedrock. NGI is helping to bring heating to the population in the mountains on the border of Tibet.
Large-scale actions are planned for a cleaner inner harbour basin, for the benefit of the extensive protected Natural resorts, outdoor activities and the residents of Horten.
Production of renewable energy increases every year. Investments in offshore wind energy are an important move towards a future without fossil energy. However, costs must be reduced for offshore energy to be competitive.
In 1945 during the last days of the Second World War, the British Royal Navy torpedoed and sunk the German U-864 submarine just north of the Norwegian city of Bergen. Nearly 30,000 square metres of the seabed surrounding the submarine is now contaminated by mercury.
NGI - On safe ground
The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) is a leading international centre for research and consulting within the geosciences. NGI develops optimum solutions for society, and offers expertise on the behaviour of soil, rock and snow and their interaction with the natural and built environment. NGI works within the markets Offshore energy; Building, construction and transportation; Natural hazards, and Environmental Engineering. NGI is a private foundation with office and laboratory in Oslo, branch office in Trondheim, and daughter companies in Houston, Texas, USA, and Perth, Western Australia. NGI was established in 1953.