Technology Center Squeezed

The developers of a high-technology centre on the site of Oslos former international airport will have to make do with half the area they had hoped for.

The vision for northern Europes most advanced research, development and commercial centre, named IT Fornebu Technoport, had included facilities covering more than 600 km2 just west of the city. The technology centres investors bought about half the area from state authorities and were hoping to acquire the rest from the municipality of Oslo. But this week Oslo officials eliminated the IT Fornebu consortium from the list of final bidders for the land. The investors say they will go ahead with their plans anyway.