The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Torgunn Kvervavik Sheridan


The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD)

  • is a governmental specialist directorate and administrative body
  • was established in 1972
  • reports to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)
  • Office in Stavanger and in Harstad
  • has a staff of about 220

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s primary objective is to contribute to the greatest possible values for Norwegian society from the oil and gas activities through efficient and responsible resource management. Health, safety, the environment and other users of the sea are important considerations in this work.

In order to make the most efficient contribution to this, the NPD must perform four functions:

  • The NPD is to be an adviser to the MPE through its professional integrity and interdisciplinary expertise.
  • The NPD has a national responsibility for data from the Norwegian continental shelf. The NPD’s data, overview and analyses constitute a crucial factual basis on which the activities are founded.
  • The NPD shall be a driving force for realising the resource potential by emphasising long-term solutions, upside opportunities, economies of scale and joint operations, as well as ensuring that time-critical resources are not lost.
  • In cooperation with other authorities, the NPD is to ensure comprehensive follow-up of the petroleum activities.

The NPD sets frameworks, stipulates regulations and makes decisions in areas where it has been delegated authority.

The NPD is responsible for conducting metering audits and collecting fees from the petroleum industry.

In addition, the NPD contributes administrative competence, mapping of resources and petroleum data administration for the development aid programme “Oil for Development”.


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