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Foreign oil services companies in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region are subject to special directives and requirements. The details and practical application of these conditions must be fully understood when planning a prospective presence in the region – in particular, the different requirements for registration of a branch of a foreign oil services company and incorporation of a local entity.


The advocate general of the Supreme Court has rendered his opinion on the 'unbundling' case, in which Essent, Eneco and Delta are seeking a judicial declaration that the Act on Independent Grid Operation is unlawful. The act requires the unbundling of integrated energy companies into an independent network operator and a commercial business for the production, trade and supply of electricity and gas.


In 2013 petroleum activities on the Norwegian Continental Shelf were exempted from the European Economic Area and EU rules on procurement included in the EU Utilities Directive. But how often have joint ventures on the Norwegian Continental Shelf used single sourcing since the exemption was granted?


The government has been working on a proposed reform of the support system for renewables since 2011. After three years and several different proposals, the government has finally submitted to Parliament a draft law on renewable energy sources. The support system for renewables would be governed by Chapter 4 of the act.

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