The port of the future

The trends for port operations in Norway, but also within port logistics globally, are clear. It is characterized by major changes and restructuring that require professionalisation, flexibility and quick handling.

Many of the ports' suppliers are already in the process of taking major steps of change to go from being pure oil and gas service companies to becoming energy service companies that also supply and develop for the renewable investments in the Lister region, nationally and internationally. In particular, there is a significant need for land and requirements to handle larger constructions. For example, within the offshore wind investment, where the need for land will be precarious in terms of installation, intermediate storage, maintenance, etc.

From the strategic plan, it appears in the section on "community mission" that ports of Lister must:

The "overarching goal" stated in the strategic plan is, among other things, to be:

  • Professional and customer focused
  • World-leading and facilitating

Investment areas

Sea wind

2,000 offshore wind turbines are planned to be built on the Norwegian continental shelf. The ambition is to develop 30 gigawatts by 2040. Many of the mills will be located in the Lister area. This opens up a huge market for the region's companies. Ports of Lister will help to facilitate Agder to take a leading position in offshore wind.

Lister harbors have great potential to play a key role in the development of offshore wind. The investment in offshore wind requires large areas for intermediate storage, for assembly and preparation for installation. This implies a significant need for large quays, especially in the installation phase, so that installation vessels can be received. Operation and maintenance bases for offshore wind are best located by the harbor and with direct access to the quay.

Blue industry

Both owner municipalities, Farsund and Lyngdal, have farming facilities for salmon in the sea. Both operated by Korshavn Havbruk AS. Listerhavnene IKS has had a good dialogue with the company in 2022 and is assisting in the work with regard to a possible expansion of the current locations for increased production in the future.

Extensive research, testing and production of fish/marine species is ongoing at the Hausvik industrial area. And here the growth and growth potential is considerable going forward. Land-based fish farming is planned in Lundevågen and at the airport in Farsund.

We have also had good activity at the fish farm on Lista. Here, new ways of storing seafood from catch to table are also being tested.

In total, there are more than 30 fishing vessels that rent berths from the company.