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About Frier Vest

At Frier Vest in the Grenland region of southern Norway, a major industrial park is under development to provide business locations for sustainable green industries.

What is Frier Vest?

The Frier Vest site covers 700 hectares in the heart of the Grenland industrial region. The area is under development as a centre for green industries. There are few if any alternative sites of similar size, and with such close and easy access to port facilities and shipping routes, in the vicinity of the Oslofjord.

The first phase of the project is a full-service industrial park covering 320 hectares, of which 40 hectares was zoned for industrial use in the spring of 2021. A state-of-the-art, publicly owned port facility is under development here. Work is under way on the zoning plan for a further 370 hectares, which is expected to be ready by May 2022.

As well as large sites, Frier Vest will offer access to industrial infrastructure such as supplies of coolant, process water and renewable electric power. The region’s ports offer established shipping links to the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, the UK, Sweden and Denmark. The E18 highway is just a short drive away.

The Grenland region is home to about 100,000 people and boasts high levels of industrial expertise. The University of South-Eastern Norway and various private businesses are very active in the research field.

Our plans

Tomorrow’s industrial park

Our goal is to develop an industrial park housing a diverse range of manufacturing businesses that can benefit from one another’s resources. By reusing emissions and sidestreams, we can make better use of resources, add value, and improve sustainability. We are actively encouraging businesses that can contribute to the circular manufacturing economy to locate at Frier Vest. 

A port for the future

When fully developed, the port facility will cover a large area, with several hundred metres of quayside and a quayside depth of 15 metres, allowing all cargo types to be handled efficiently. The port facility will be publicly owned to ensure equal access for all users. Development of the port is already under way and will continue in stages, as businesses locate to Frier Vest.

Sustainable industrial development

Frier Vest shares the objective of the region’s business community to develop the world’s first climate-positive industrial region. Expertise and thorough planning are key factors in our drive to build a new, sustainable industrial park.

Where alternatives exist, Frier Vest will always choose the most environmentally friendly solution.

The company behind Frier Vest

Frier Vest Holding AS is owned by Grenland Havn IKS (70%) and Bamble municipality (30%). Grenland Havn IKS is an intermunicipal company that owns and operates the Port of Grenland. We aim to enhance Grenland’s position as one of Norway’s major ports by proactively accommodating the needs of businesses in the region and embracing sustainable transport solutions. We’re committed to the Frier Vest project in order to ensure new sites are available for industry. Frier Vest is a key project for promoting economic development in Bamble district.

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Timeline for the Frier Vest development

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December 2021

Bamble municipality invests in Frier Vest Holding AS. The company is now owned 30% by Bamble municipality and 70% by Port of Grenland.

November 2021

The parties in the "Joint Battery Initiative" have decided to end their feasibility study. Site selection process in Norway and EU ended.

October 2021

Shipment of stone from Frier Vest begins.

August 2021

The Joint Battery Initiative considers setting up a battery cell manufacturing plant in Norway, with Frier Vest one of four possible locations.

March 2021

Work begins on a detailed zoning plan for the site west of county road 353, an area of 370 hectares.

February 2021

Bamble council approves the Frier Vest zoning plan covering 320 hectares.

November 2020

The company Frier Vest Holding AS is formed.

March 2018

Grenland Havn IKS begins buying up land for the Frier Vest industrial park.

January 2008

The idea of Frier Vest as the future location of an industrial park is born.

700 hectares of industrial land under development, with 320 hectares already zoned.

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