The Norwegian Department of National Security has warned the British company Rolls-Royce that it may block the sale of the Bergen Engines diesel and gas piston medium-speed engines plant to the international division of Transmashholding TMH International.
As the Norwegian National Security Agency said in a statement, “the planned sale of TMH to the Bergen Engines plant could be stopped based on the safety law.”
According to the Minister of Justice and Emergency Situations Monica Muland, the sale of the plant “could entail a risk to national security interests.”
“Therefore, it is necessary to suspend the process in order to collect enough data to evaluate such a transaction,” she explained.
Rolls-Royce spokesman Richard Ray said in an interview with Bloomberg that the company warned the Norwegian authorities about the upcoming deal in advance and intends to cooperate with them if necessary.
According to Muland, the diesel engines produced by Bergen Engines “cannot be called strategic defense technology,” but “investments and acquisitions may pose a security threat” going forward.