David Cameron will pave the way for an increase in British imports of Norwegian gas and oil when he signs a new energy agreement with one of the world’s largest exporters of fossil fuels on Thursday.
As the International Energy Agency warns of a threat to the climate from a new “golden age of gas”, the prime minister will sign what Downing Street is describing as a landmark deal with Norway to strengthen energy links with Britain’s historical ally.
Cameron became the first British prime minister in 26 years to visit Norway when he arrived in Oslo on Wednesday night for dinner with his Norwegian counterpart, Jens Stoltenberg. The two leaders will sign the new agreement over breakfast with executives from 10 leading energy companies. Cameron and Stoltenberg will later fly to Berlin for a town hall meeting with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor.