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Pomp and circumstance as Magne Ognedal is knighted at Ledaal

On behalf of King Harald V, County Governor Tora Aasland presented the Knight’s Cross and diploma to the Director-general of the PSA, as visible proof of his appointment to Knight, First Class, of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for his efforts for Norwegian petroleum activities.

The backdrop for the presentation was the Ledaal royal residence. Deputy Mayor Bjørg Tysdal Moe hosted a warm and elegant event with guests including families and representatives of local and central authorities, politicians, and industry players.

County Governor’s speech
In a personal speech to Magne Ognedal, County Governor Tora Aasland expressed great respect for his efforts spanning more than 40 years to promote safety and working environment aspects in the petroleum industry.

“You are one of the people who have brought important values, based on fellowship, good management, order, clarity and a safe and sound working environment to the petroleum activities. You have resisted the easy solutions and cowboy mind-set,” said Aasland.

She noted the significance of the Safety Forum, which has developed a solid and robust tripartite cooperation based on mutual respect. She emphasised that all Safety Forum members supported the process behind the appointment to Knight, First Class, of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav.

Aasland concluded her speech by referencing the motto of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav: Justice and Truth.

“The motto could not be more descriptive of the work you have done so far and the values you leave behind for the future of the petroleum activities.

County Governor Tora Aasland and Magne Ognedal.

Overwhelmed Knight
Magne Ognedal expressed joy and pride at receiving the distinction, and was particularly happy that the parties in the industry, through the Safety Forum, had taken this initiative.

“I also look at the appointment of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav as an honour for the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway as well, and all those who work tirelessly to improve safety in the petroleum industry,” said Ognedal.