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A visit from Swedish Public Radio

The Great Plains Energy Corridor ( was happy to host Claes Andreasson today at the National Energy Center of Excellence. Claes is a journalist with Swedish Public Radio and based in Los Angeles, Calif. He was breezing through Bismarck as he works on stories of clean coal technology for a three part series on the environment for his station in Sweden. The series focuses on environmental issues in different regions around the world and will air sometime in January. The show KLOTET enjoys an average audience of 1.5 – 2 million listeners daily, according to Claes. He’s been with the station since 1979, with eighteen of those years as a correspondent in Los Angeles.

Kari Knudson, VP of National Energy Center of Excellence, was on hand to give Claes a tour of the NECE and to give some great sound bites offering insight into the overall energy industry picture in North Dakota. She did an awesome job, especially considering that Claes grilled her with some very tough questions. Every time I’m on the NECE tour, I learn something new. I can see how our visitors react to the state-of-the-art facilities we have, and I am so proud of being a part of it.

Claes spent yesterday with Daryl Hill of Basin Electric Power Cooperative, touring the Great Plains Synfuels Plant and the Freedom Mine. After our visit today, he was off to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, to take a closer look at enhanced oil recovery from the carbon capture project at the Synfuels Plant.

I had a lot of fun hanging out with Claes, and I can’t wait to hear the final product. Come back anytime, Claes!

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