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About Kings Bay AS

Kings Bay AS is a company owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment since 1 January 2017. 

The company owns and operates the town of Ny-Ålesund as well as the surrounding area. The property, comprising 295 km2, includes Brøggerhalvøya and a coastal strip on the east and north sides of Kongsfjorden.

The company purpose is to work towards the development and management of the Ny-Ålesund Research Station with a sustainable use of resources and ecosystem services in accordance with the enviromental law priciples of the Svalbard Environmental Protection Act and its own articles of association.

As the owner, Kings Bay has a special responsibility for management, protection, maintenance and the active use of 29 protected buildings erected between 1916 and 1945. These are half of the buildings in Ny-Ålesund and Svalbard’s largest collection of automatically protected buildings. In addition, the company is responsible as the owner of a large number of protected technical monuments and sites from the mining and polar history of Ny-Ålesund. 

Kings Bay promotes and supports research and research activities performed by research institutions from other countries and contributes to the development of Ny-Ålesund as the most important research station in the Arctic.

Kings Bay is a company where the state seeks the most efficient possible attainment of public policy goals. The state ownership contributes to maintaining Norwegian communities in the archipelago in accordance with overarching Svalbard policy.


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Phone: +47 79 02 72 00


Office manager


Research adviser



Higher executive officer / Procurement

Reception / Booking

Christer Amundsen
Signe Maria Brunk
+47 79 02 72 00


Ellen Kristine Opheim
+47 79 02 72 74

Project Manager

Johannes M. Lipphardt
+47 79 02 72 84


Helga Bogey Birgisdóttir 

+47 79 02 72 29


Technical Manager

Operation Manager

Power Station




Mec. Workshop

Ole Kristian Moland Larsen 
+47 79 02 72 41

Lab Manager / Departemental Engineer

AFIS/Airport Manager


Chef`s Office

Kristian Andre Nilsen
+47 79 02 72 31







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Kings Bay AS Board


Tor Instanes

Managing director at GC Rieber Eiendom AS – a commercial real estate company in Bergen, Norway.

Deputy Chairman

Bo Andersen

Leader of Framecenter steering group, guest researcher at University of Oslo and former Director General Norwegian Space Agency.

Board member

Harald Høgseth

Associate Professor Department of Teacher Education at NTNU and  Professor in Craft Science at the Departent of Conservation, University of Gothenburg.

Board member

Lise Bartnes Aalberg

Director of Real Estate for SIVA SF – an enterprise facilitating a national infrastructure for innovation, owned by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries.  

Board member

Elin Bang Tverfjeld

Campus Manager Finnmark at Samskipnaden – The Arctic Student Welfare Organisation.