Ole Einar Hass has been appointed head of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD) office in Harstad and will take up the post on 1 October.
Hass has management training from the Norwegian Armed Forces. He worked for the Norwegian Army for 19 years, including two deployments to Kosovo and Afghanistan.
He finished up his career in the Armed Forces as an instructor at the Norwegian Military Academy in Oslo.
Taking part in the social mission
Hass comes from Aibel, where he has held various management positions – his main activity was aimed at maintenance and modifications on Norne, Aasta Hansteen and Snøhvit.
“I applied for the position primarily because I want to take part in the NPD’s important social mission of administering the values the industry represents for the Norwegian society. I think I can contribute with my executive experience from the Armed Forces and Aibel, and perhaps even some of my expertise from the supplier side of the industry,” he says.
Voice in the north
In many ways, at NPD Harstad, you are the NPD’s voice in the north. He believes that is an important role to fill, and a considerable responsibility to hold.
“There are a lot of expectations for the industry, and perhaps not all of them have been met so far. I think coexistence and cooperation with other industries on the shelf, facilitating positive ripple effects for the High North and predictability for the players are important lines to follow,” Hass points out, adding that the NPD must be a good driving force in this area.
“At the same time, we have to contribute to protect the overall value potential that the Norwegian shelf represents for the various industries, and make sure that future generations can benefit from the good work we do today,” he says.
Ole Einar Hass was born and raised in the fishery-dominated municipality of Øksnes in Vesterålen. His career in the Armed Forces led him to different places in Norway and around the world, and he and his family have lived in Harstad since 2009.
Contribute even more to the industry
He says it was not an easy decision to leave Aibel and the good team they’ve built up locally along with Equinor in Harstad.
“Nevertheless, I’m looking forward to starting this job and maybe having the opportunity to contribute to the industry to an even greater extent. At the same time, I’m very humble in the face of the knowledge and experience I see in the NPD employees, across an impressive range of disciplines.”