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Norway Says Arctic Gas Expansion Depends on EU's Climate Plan

The Barents Sea north of Norway.

The Barents Sea north of Norway.

Norway, Europe’s biggest gas supplier after Russia, said developing its northernmost reserves in the Arctic hinges on a commitment by the European Union to make the fuel part of its strategy to cut greenhouse-gas emissions.

A “clear message” on the importance of gas from the EU Commission in its upcoming winter legislative package would be a “welcome signal” to companies looking at investments in new capacity in the Barents Sea, three government ministers said in a joint Jan. 29 letter to EU’s Climate Action Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete.