Celebrating wise choices

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first licensing round on the NCS in 1965 is natural for the Norwegian Petroleum Museum, says director Finn Krogh. “That year will remain a beacon in Norway’s oil history.”
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Director Finn Krogh (left) and exhibitions head Geir Mossige Johannessen

Director Finn Krogh (left) and exhibitions head Geir Mossige Johannessen have modernised and updated the petroleum museum’s chronological time line.


An exhibition to mark this historic event opens at the museum in Stavanger on 9 June, and Krogh has issued invitations to key industry figures who played crucial roles in the early phase.

That was when the legal and political foundations were laid for Norway’s oil future. Several of the personalities are due to speak at the opening.

“A lot of the things these people decided at the time, on the basis of limited knowledge, have proved to be wise choices,” says Krogh.

Petroleum and energy minister Tord Lien will be conducting the official opening.

“When we see the development Norway has been through, and also know what impact our oil wealth has had on this, it’s important to show how it all began,” explains Krogh.

He is very pleased to have newspaper cartoonist Roar Hagen on board. “His cartoons have adorned VG – and Stavanger Aftenblad before that – over several decades. No other Norwegian cartoonist has worked more closely with the oil industry.”

Geir Mossige Johannessen, head of exhibitions at the museum, reports that Hagen’s many cartoons will have a central place in the commemorative show.

“We’ve also modernised and updated our Petrorama exhibit in honour of the 50th anniversary,” he says. “This is our chronological presentation of key events in Norwegian oil history from the 1960s to the present day.”

The petroleum museum moved into its newly built home in downtown Stavanger in 1999.