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The Norwegian Ambassador to the UK, Wegger Christian Strømmen, yesterday visited Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. (Tuesday October 19)

As well as tourism potential and population retention, one of the important topics for discussion was Norway’s interest in the ScotWind Offshore Wind Leasing Round where a major Norwegian developer has shown interest in sites around the Outer Hebrides.

The Ambassador said he was interested to hear of the early engagement which has taken place between the Comhairle and the Norwegian company.

In particular, he was pleased to learn of the Comhairle's Memorandum of Understanding approach where the developer commits to a range of innovative and transformational investments across the island supply chain and local community.

Commenting on this aspect of the visit, Comhairle Leader, Roddie Mackay, said: "There is a clear affinity between the maritime communities of Norway and the Outer Hebrides. 

"Both rely on fishing and tourism and both face transformational opportunities through the energy transition.  Ambassador Strømmen, his Government and his energy sector will be powerful partners for the Outer Hebrides as, together, we embrace the green revolution in the North Atlantic".

Wegger Christian Strømmen, who is aged 62, is a Norwegian diplomat and politician who was Political Director of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was born in Larvik, Norway and holds a master's of law degree from the University of Oslo Law School.

He also met Alasdair Allan MSP and commented afterwards on Twitter: "It was good to meet @alasdairallan MSP today for a fruitful conversation on issues of common interest."