Norway and Germany agreed on Monday after a meeting of their heads of government in Oslo to increase their energy cooperation in areas such as hydrogen, carbon storage, wind power and the production of electric batteries.

"There has been extensive energy cooperation between Norway and Germany for many years.

Now we are developing that cooperation.

Here are the long-term solutions to Europe's energy and climate challenges," said Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store.

In its bid to reduce dependence on Russian gas, Germany has increased gas imports from Norway, despite restrictions from the Nordic country, which supplied roughly 20-25 percent of all EU and UK demand.

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Gahr Store recalled that months ago his government asked extractive companies to try to maximize production and that thanks to this effort and the reopening of a liquefied natural gas plant in the north of the country, whose almost exclusive destination is Germany, gas exports have increased by ten percent.

"I am happy because in Norway we have a reliable energy supplier, Norway can always be trusted", said German Chancellor Olaf Scholz today.

Scholz had previously held a meeting with all Nordic prime ministers in the Norwegian capital, in which they discussed issues such as the war in Ukraine and energy security in Europe.

/Telegraph/