OPINION: Norway has proudly stated its determination to help Europe reduce is reliance on Russian gas supplies since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

The country is indeed in a strong position to help, being Western Europe’s largest producer of oil and gas with combined output of around 4 million barrels of oil equivalent per day and some slack in the system.

But profits from extra sales and high prices — driven in part by Western sanctions against Russia — have drawn stinging criticism, with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki last week accusing Norway of benefitting from the war and calling on Oslo to “immediately share the gains”.