Northern Might

DAG MYRESTRAND / STATOILHYDRO

It was a week Eivind Reiten is unlikely to forget. On Oct. 1, the oil and gas arm of Hydro, an Oslo-based energy and metals company he was running, completed a $36 billion merger with Statoil, its beefier Norwegian rival, creating the world's largest offshore energy operator. Five days later, Reiten hosted his country's King and Queen in Nyhamna, a third of the way up Norway's west coast, at the official launch of a record-breaking gas production and processing project forged by Hydro to harness gas from 120 km away under the Norwegian Sea.

But the week wasn't...

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