Norwegian authorities and its oil and gas companies are increasingly optimistic about the country's capacity to contribute significantly to Europe’s drive to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, in both the short and long-term.

Gas system operator Gassco and oil and gas companies joined Norwegian authorities in studying the potential for increased gas exports from Norway since Europe began looking to replace Russian supplies in earnest following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine last month.

Upstream reported on 8 March that some