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General news

  • High activity in the first six months

    13/07/2019 Production on the Norwegian shelf is holding steady at a high level. Many projects are in the development or planning phases.

  • Search for new Director General

    02/07/2019 After twelve years as Director General, Bente Nyland will complete her term at the end of 2019. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has started a search for her successor.

  • Plans to re-develop Tor

    01/07/2019 On behalf of the licensees, operator Conoco Phillips has submitted a Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for a re-development of the Tor field in the Greater Ekofisk area in the North Sea.

  • Learn more about resource management, save the date now

    18/06/2019 This autumn, for the fourth straight year, we will be holding a course on our roles and tasks, and what this entails for your working day in the oil and gas industry.

  • Analysis reveals extensive seabed minerals

    07/06/2019 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s chemical analyses of sulphides and manganese crusts from the Norwegian shelf reveal that the sulphides contain a high content of copper, zinc and cobalt.

  • Announcement of awards in predefined areas (APA) 2019

    29/05/2019 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced APA 2019 on 29 May 2019, encompassing the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea.

  • Ready for start-up on Trestakk

    13/05/2019 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted consent for start-up of the Trestakk field in the Norwegian Sea. Operator Equinor plans start-up during the month of May 2019.

  • The future is in the north

    08/05/2019 Our estimates indicate that more than half of the oil and gas that has not yet been discovered is located in the Barents Sea. The rest is distributed between the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea. The opportunities are greatest in the Barents Sea, where vast areas have not yet been explored.

  • Hourly rate for supervision increased

    25/04/2019 Pursuant to a decision from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the rate for regulatory supervision of resource management has increased from NOK 850 to NOK 1 150 from and including 1 September 2018.

  • Continental shelf’s extent outside Bouvet Island clarified

    12/04/2019 Bouvet Island is a Norwegian island situated in the southernmost part of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • New report on petroleum activity in the High North

    02/04/2019 Today the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will present the report Petroleum Activity in the High North. The report places the petroleum activity in the High North into a historical, international and technological framework.

  • Development plan for Solveig submitted

    27/03/2019 The authorities have received the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Solveig oil discovery in the North Sea.

  • Oda field starts production

    19/03/2019 The Oda field started to produce oil and gas on 16 March. The field, which is located 13 kilometres east of Ula in the North Sea, is operated by Spirit Energy.

  • Diskos Vendor Conference

    14/03/2019 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Diskos Management wants to invite potential Diskos vendors to a “Diskos Vendor Conference” Thursday 21st of March 2019.

  • Gullfaks C can be used until 2036

    14/03/2019 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate gives the go ahead for using the C platform on the Gullfaks field in the North Sea until 30 June 2036. This corresponds to the entire period of the production licence.

  • Welcome to our new website!

    14/03/2019 We have upgraded our website. The content is largely the same as before, but we have made an effort to improve, streamline and update to give you a better user experience.

  • Submitted development plan for Duva

    21/02/2019 On Thursday, the licensees, led by operator Neptune Energy, submitted the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Duva field in the North Sea.

  • Extended lifetime for Norne FPSO

    04/02/2019 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted consent for continuation of production on Norne FPSO with associated facilities for the Norne, Urd and Skuld fields in the Norwegian Sea.

  • Åsgard A will produce longer

    28/01/2019 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has approved operator Equinor’s application for extended technical lifetime for the Åsgard A facility in the Norwegian Sea until 2027. That means production twelve years longer than the original plan.

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    17/01/2019 We are now obtaining consent from you who wish to receive our newsletter. Because of this, you need to subscribe to our newsletter again if you wish to continue receiving it.

  • New plan will increase recovery from Gullfaks

    15/01/2019 A new, amended Plan for development and operation (PDO) describes the next phase in production from limestone rocks over the Gullfaks field in the North Sea. The increased reserves are estimated at 2.8 million standard cubic metres (nearly 18 million bbls) of oil equivalents.

  • Record licence awards in APA 2018

    15/01/2019 Today, 15 January, 33 companies have been offered ownership interests in a total of 83 production licences on the Norwegian Shelf in the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2018. This is the largest number ever awarded in one licensing round.

  • Award of exploitation permit for CO2 storage

    15/01/2019 The authorities have granted Equinor a permit to exploit an area for CO2 storage on the Norwegian Shelf.

  • New edition of Norwegian Continental Shelf

    14/01/2019 In an interview, Kristin Færøvik, chair of the board in the industry organisation Norwegian Oil and gas, emphasises the importance of the authorities ensuring that we also have stable framework conditions on the Norwegian Shelf in the future. And she urges companies to continue to explore for oil and gas.

  • The Shelf in 2018

    10/01/2019 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s forecasts show that, after a minor decline in 2019, oil and gas production will increase from 2020 and up to 2023. Overall production will then approach the record year of 2004.

  • Ready for Oda start-up

    07/01/2019 The authorities have approved the application for start-up of the Oda field in the North Sea. Operator Spirit Energy expects start-up in February/March.  

  • Presentation of the shelf in 2018

    17/12/2018 On 10 January, Director General Bente Nyland will present the results of exploration and production in 2018, as well as investment and production forecasts for the next five years.

  • Area fee rates to be adjusted

    13/12/2018 The area fee rates in Section 39 (1) of the Petroleum Regulations will be adjusted effective 1 January 2019.

  • From Core Store to Geobank

    06/12/2018 «Geobank» is the new name of our core viewing room, which contains much more than just rock samples. The name provides a better description of all the types of geological data we have available.

  • Welcome to NPD's Exploration Technology Seminar

    22/11/2018 The NPD invites to an Exploration Technology Seminar on December 5, 10-12 am. The seminar will take place in the Valhall auditorium at the NPD and lunch will be served after the seminar.

  • Extended life for Snorre

    10/10/2018 Equinor has received consent to continue use of the Snorre A and Snorre B facilities through 2040.

  • New deep sea mineral deposits

    11/09/2018 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate just concluded a successful three-week data acquisition expedition on the Mohn’s ridge in the western part of the Norwegian Sea.

  • Northern Lights applies for permission to inject and store CO2 on the Norwegian Shelf

    10/09/2018 On Friday, Equinor along with its partners Shell and Total, submitted an application for an exploitation permit for a subsea reservoir for injection and storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).

  • 38 companies have applied for acreage in APA 2018

    07/09/2018 The authorities have received applications from 38 companies in the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2018. The application deadline expired on 4 September.

  • App on every platform

    06/09/2018 The Norwegian Petroleum Facts app v2.1 developed by the NPD and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is available for iPhones/iPads and Android mobiles.

  • Fast IOR project on Visund

    05/09/2018 Operator Equinor has started production on Visund Nord in the North Sea. The project was completed in 21 months.

  • Updated guidelines for 2018 annual status report for producing fields

    03/09/2018 The guidelines for the 2018 annual status report (ASR) have now been updated. Some adjustments have been made from the 2017 reporting.

  • Start-up of Aasta Hansteen

    31/08/2018 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted consent for start-up of the Aasta Hansteen facility in the Norwegian Sea. Operator Equinor plans to start production during the course of autumn 2018.

  • Doubled reserves – won IOR prize

    28/08/2018 The licensees for the Alvheim field in the North Sea have been awarded the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s improved oil recovery (IOR) prize because of their willingness to accept risk.

  • ONS Distinguished Service Award to Bente Nyland

    27/08/2018 Director General Bente Nyland has received the ONS Distinguished Service Award 2018 for her significant efforts to develop the Norwegian oil and gas industry.

  • Go-ahead for Oseberg H

    24/08/2018 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted consent for the Oseberg H facility to start production in September.

  • IOR seminar at ONS

    17/08/2018 The NPD’s IOR prize is awarded at ONS. The prize, which is awarded every other year at ONS, goes to production licences, companies, projects or individuals who are expected to create added value on the Norwegian Continental Shelf through innovative work linked to improved recovery of oil and gas.  

  • Norwegian Petroleum Directorate maps deep sea mineral deposits

    09/08/2018 After the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy assumed administrative responsibility for mineral deposits on the continental shelf, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has been assigned the task of mapping potential deposits.

  • New issue of the magazine

    18/07/2018 Installation of the Aasta Hansteen facility opens a new province and a new chapter for gas deliveries from Norway. And global use of gas increases from where it is today.

  • 20 development projects

    16/07/2018

  • Many developments and high exploration activity

    16/07/2018 An impressive 20 development projects are currently under way on the Norwegian Shelf, and 13 exploration wells in the first half of 2018 have yielded 6 discoveries. Production has been somewhat lower in the first six months of the year as compared with the same period last year.

  • Developing Troll phase three

    03/07/2018 Operator Equinor and partners have submitted their Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the third development stage of the Troll field in the North Sea.

  • Still plenty of discoveries to be made on the Norwegian shelf

    21/06/2018 Today, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will be publishing the 2018 Resource Report for Exploration.

  • 12 Production Licences Offered to 11 Companies in the 24th Licensing Round

    18/06/2018 Today, 18 June, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy offers 12 new production licences to 11 companies in the 24th licensing round.

  • Ready for more water injection

    14/06/2018 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has consented to the start on the Conoco Phillips-operated installation Ekofisk 2/4 VC in the North Sea.

  • Three IOR prize finalists

    04/06/2018 The jury has arrived at three finalists for this years IOR prize. The winner will be announced at the ONS oil conference and exhibition in Stavanger 28 August.  

  • Welcome to the presentation

    31/05/2018 The report presents an updated estimate for undiscovered resources on the Norwegian shelf and an analysis of the profitability of exploration, among other things.

  • Extended lifetime for Oseberg Øst

    25/05/2018 Equinor has been granted consent for continued use of the Oseberg Øst facility until 31 March 2031.

  • Submitted development plan for Nova

    16/05/2018 On Wednesday, the licensees, led by operator Wintershall, submitted a plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Nova oil field (previously “Skarfjell”) in the North Sea. Development costs are estimated at NOK 9.9 billion.

  • Course for the industry – what does NPD do?

    11/04/2018 This spring, the NPD will organise a one-day course for the oil companies on the NPD`s responsibilities and roles. The course will be held in norwegian on 12 of June.

  • Changes in the PDO/PIO guidelines

    05/04/2018 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has changed the guidelines for preparing plans for development and operation of petroleum deposits (PDOs) and plans for installation and operation of facilities for transport and for exploitation of petroleum (PIOs).

  • 75 new production licences in APA 2017

    16/01/2018 Today, 16 January, 34 companies will be offered a total of 75 new production licences on the Norwegian continental shelf.

  • Who deserves the IOR prize?

    16/01/2018 Do you know of anyone who deserves the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's prize for improved recovery – the IOR prize for 2018?

  • 1. Increasing oil and gas production for the next five‐year period

    11/01/2018 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s production forecast up to 2022 shows an increase from 2020, when Johan Sverdrup has come on stream. Total production of oil and gas in 2022 is estimated to be close to the record‐breaking year 2004. Gas will then account for about one‐half of the production.

  • 2. Investment and cost forecasts

    11/01/2018 The petroleum industry has made a considerable effort to reduce its cost level, which has resulted in substantial savings. The cost level for field developments has declined and there has also been a substantial reduction in both operating and exploration costs.

  • 3. Development and operations

    11/01/2018

  • 4. Exploration

    11/01/2018

  • The Shelf 2017

    11/01/2018 Never before has so much gas been sold from the Norwegian shelf as was the case in 2017. Oil production was down slightly; nevertheless, overall production rose for the fourth straight year.

  • Press conference – The shelf in 2017

    09/01/2018 On 11 January, Director General Bente Nyland will present exploration and production results for 2017, as well as investment and production forecasts for the next five years.

  • Successful seismic acquisition on Gardarbank High

    09/01/2018 During the autumn of 2017, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has acquired about 4,500 kilometres of 2D seismic on the Gardarbank High, east/northeast of Bjørnøya and south of Hopen.

  • Comprehensive Snorre plan submitted

    21/12/2017 On Thursday, the authorities received an amended Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Snorre expansion project.

  • Submitted new plan for Yme development

    19/12/2017 On Tuesday, operator Repsol submitted a new Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Yme field in the North Sea. More eight billion kroner will be invested in the development. The planned start-up is 2020.

  • Development plan submitted for Fenja

    19/12/2017 On Tuesday, the licensees, led by operator VNG, submitted a Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Fenja in the Norwegian Sea. Investments are expected to total approx. NOK 10 billion.

  • Submitted three development plans

    15/12/2017 Today, Aker BP submitted Plans for Development and Operation (PDOs) for three projects. The total investments will amount to approximately NOK 15.5 billion.

  • Solid applicants want to explore in the 24th round

    05/12/2017 Eleven companies have applied for production licenses in the 24th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. The deadline for applications was 30 November.

  • A milestone for the Barents Sea

    05/12/2017 The licensees in the Johan Castberg discovery in the Barents Sea submitted a Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) to the authorities today.

  • Previous award winners

    30/11/2017

  • Ready for start-up of the Maria field

    16/11/2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted consent for start-up of production from the Maria field in the Norwegian Sea.

  • New standards for transport and storage of CO2

    01/11/2017 Two international standards for storage and transport of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be launched today. The standards were developed by experts from 16 countries.

  • New edition of the continental shelf map

    12/10/2017 You can now download or order the new edition of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s shelf map.

  • Course for the industry

    04/10/2017 This autumn, the NPD will organise a one-day course for the oil companies on the NPD’s responsibilities and roles. The course will be held in Norwegian on 14 November and in English on 15 November.

  • Contributing to report on safety in the petroleum activities

    29/09/2017 Today, a multipartite work group is submitting its report on safety in the petroleum industry to Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Anniken Hauglie. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is one of the contributors.

  • Launching standards for CO2 capture and storage (CCS)

    28/09/2017 New international standards for storage (CCS) and transport of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be presented at a seminar at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) in Stavanger on 1 November.

  • Seismic data storage

    27/09/2017 One central element in exploration is the ability to successfully manage and provide access to high quality seismic data.

  • SMIL

    15/09/2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has launched a new and extended version of the SMIL portal.

  • Opening of the southeastern Barents Sea is based on correct figures

    13/09/2017 There has been significant attention devoted to the underlying figures for opening the southeastern Barents Sea for petroleum activities.

  • Updated guidelines for annual status reports for producing fields

    07/09/2017 The Guidelines for Annual Status Reports (ASRs) have now been updated. While significant changes were made in the autumn of 2016, only minor adjustments have been made for 2017.

  • New exploration director

    01/09/2017 Torgeir Stordal has been hired as the exploration director in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. He will start today, 1 September.

  • 2017 Resource report

    25/08/2017 The significant remaining resources in discoveries and fields make it possible to create values for the Norwegian society for many decades to come, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s new report.

  • Byrding on stream

    28/07/2017 The Statoil-operated Byrding field, situated to the north of the Troll field in the North Sea, started production on 15 July.

  • Summary – first six months of 2017

    13/07/2017 The activity level on the Norwegian shelf is high. During the first six months of the year, six discoveries were made, six development plans have been approved and three new fields have started producing.

  • Revised PDO and PIO Guidelines

    03/07/2017 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs have revised the guidelines for preparation of plans for development and operation of petroleum deposits (PDOs) and plans for installation and operation of facilities for transport and utilisation of petroleum (PIOs).

  • Gina Krog on stream

    03/07/2017 The Statoil-operated field Gina Krog in the North Sea started producing 30 June.

  • NCS No. 1-2017

    28/06/2017 Just over two years have passed since work began on the Johan Sverdrup field. Constructing the platforms for the largest Norwegian offshore development in many years has come halfway.

  • Revised guideline

    26/06/2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has prepared a revised guideline for Section 30a of the Petroleum Regulations relating to commencement and continuation.

  • 24th licensing round

    23/06/2017 Today, 21 June 2017, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) announced the 24th licensing round. In this round, 102 blocks/parts of blocks will be announced, divided among 9 in the Norwegian Sea and 93 in the Barents Sea.

  • The Barents Sea north report is now available

    06/06/2017 The report, which contains the new resource estimates for the eastern parts of the Barents Sea north, is now available online and in hard copy.

  • Start-up of Gina Krog

    24/05/2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted consent for start-up of production from the Gina Krog field in the North Sea.

  • Taking more initiative

    19/05/2017 To ensure sufficient capacity to be an even better champion for developing new fields and improving recovery from producing fields, the NPD has awarded framework agreements to eleven supplier firms representing various technology areas.

  • Ministry of Petroleum and Energy responsible for mineral deposits on the shelf

    12/05/2017 From 1 April, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy took over management responsibility for exploration and recovery of mineral deposits on the continental shelf.

  • APA 2017 - announcement

    02/05/2017 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has 2 May 2017 announced the APA 2017, comprising predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

  • Doubling the resource estimate for the Barents Sea

    25/04/2017 According to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s new calculations, the undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Barents Sea are twice as large as previously assumed.

  • Expecting exploration record in the Barents Sea

    25/04/2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is expecting a new record in the number of exploration wells in the Barents Sea this year.

  • International data forum meeting at the NPD

    18/04/2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is hosting an international conference on storage and use of petroleum data from 6 to 8 June. There is still time to register for those who are interested.

  • 6000 wells on the Norwegian shelf

    04/04/2017 Well number 6000 was registered as completed in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's Fact Pages in late March. This was production well 31/2-Y-21 AY2H on the Troll field in the North Sea.

  • Start-up of the Flyndre field

    31/03/2017 The Maersk-operated Flyndre field in the North Sea started production on 26 March.

  • Good feedback from users

    31/03/2017 A user survey taken by public and private players in the petroleum sector shows that the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NDP) enjoys a high level of trust and exercises its role with confidence.

  • Increasing reserves on Goliat

    30/03/2017 Two wells will be drilled from Goliat in the Barents Sea in order to start production from the Snadd formation. This will increase oil reserves on Goliat by 1.2 million standard cubic metres (7.5 million barrels).

  • Received two development plans

    27/03/2017 The licensees for the Njord field and the nearby Bauge discovery in the Norwegian Sea submitted two PDOs (Plans for development and operation) to the authorities today.

  • Extending lifetime on Sigyn

    23/03/2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted consent for continued use of the subsea facilities on the Sigyn field in the North Sea from the end of 2017 until the end of 2022.

  • The OilFacts app has been updated with a new map component

    27/02/2017 What is the newest version of the app called, so I know my app has been updated?

  • Increased gas production from Ormen Lange

    10/02/2017 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted consent for start-up of the expansion of the gas plant at Nyhamna in Møre og Romsdal County.

  • 4 Field developments

    12/01/2017

  • 3 Exploration

    12/01/2017

  • 2 Petroleum production

    12/01/2017 Oil production increased for the third consecutive year, and the start-up of Goliat means that the Barents Sea is contributing to oil production for the first time. Gas sales from the Norwegian shelf maintain the same record-high level as in 2015. Production is expected to remain at a relatively stable level over the next few years.

  • 1 Investment and cost forecasts

    12/01/2017 The petroleum industry’s effort to reduce costs, along with falling supplier prices, have resulted in a considerably lower cost level. This is reflected both in lower investments in new projects, reduced costs for new production wells on fields in operation, as well as reduced operating and exploration costs.

  • The Shelf in 2016

    12/01/2017 Oil and gas production on the Norwegian shelf is high. The adjustment process has been extensive, but the cost reductions implemented by the industry will lay the foundation for profitable activity for many years to come.

  • Press conference – The shelf in 2016

    12/01/2017

  • Press conference – The shelf in 2016

    01/01/2017 Director general Bente Nyland will on January 12 present exploration and production results from 2016, and investment and production prognoses for the next five years.

  • NCS No. 2-2016

    19/12/2016 Expanding oil activities in the far north mean that Svalbard is playing an increasingly important role in understanding the regional geology.

  • The NPD teaches the industry - about the NPD

    15/12/2016 Around 150 employees from the petroleum industry participated at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) first course on the NPD on Tuesday, 13 December.

  • Processing development plan for the Oda discovery

    30/11/2016 The operator Centrica submitted the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) of the Oda discovery in the North Sea to the authorities today.

  • Teaching the industry about NPD roles and responsibilities

    17/11/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is organising courses for oil company staff who want to learn more about the authorities’ roles and responsibilities in the petroleum industry.

  • NPD to conduct user survey

    16/11/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) wants to know what important players in our society think about the work we do, and therefore conducts a user survey every three years.

  • Submitted PDO for Trestakk discovery

    01/11/2016 The licensees in the Trestakk discovery in the Norwegian Sea submitted a Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) to the authorities today. Expected investments are NOK 5.5 billion.

  • Russia and Norway to exchange seismic data from the Barents Sea

    26/10/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and Russian petroleum authorities (Federal Subsoil Resources Management Agency, Rosnedra) have entered into an agreement to exchange seismic data from the areas around the demarcation line in the Barents Sea.

  • Green light for Ivar Aasen start-up

    24/10/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted consent for production start-up on the Ivar Aasen field in the North Sea. The operator AkerBP has scheduled start-up for December.

  • What you need to know about the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD)

    10/10/2016 The NPD is inviting oil companies to a course. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, 13 December.

  • Received Dvalin development plan

    04/10/2016 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) have received the plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Dvalin discovery in production licence 435 in the Norwegian Sea.

  • Five billion barrels of oil and gas from the Statfjord field

    03/10/2016 Production from the field, which was discovered in 1974, started in 1979. The original plan was to shut down the field in the late 1990s. Now, the plan is to produce at least until the mid-2020s.

  • Still significant interest in exploration in mature areas – APA 2016

    21/09/2016 When the application deadline for awards in pre-defined areas (APA) 2016 expired on 6 September, the authorities had received applications from 33 companies.

  • Nomination of blocks for the 24th licensing round

    20/09/2016 In press releases dated 29 August 2016 and 8 September 2016, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy invited oil companies to nominate blocks for the 24th licensing round.

  • New edition of the continental shelf map

    01/09/2016 You can now download or order the new edition of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s shelf map.

  • Best stand at ONS 2016

    01/09/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) and Ministry of Petroleum and Energy’s (MPE’s) stand was voted best stand over 50 square metres at ONS 2016.

  • New guidelines for Annual Status Report for fields in production

    31/08/2016 The form for Annual Status Report for fields in production has been changed from autumn 2016.

  • IOR prize awarded to Åsgard licensees

    30/08/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has awarded its improved oil recovery (IOR) prize for 2016 to the licensees of the Åsgard field in the Norwegian Sea for their subsea wet gas compressor.

  • Development costs cut by nearly half

    29/08/2016 The price tag for developing a field on the Norwegian shelf has declined by an average of more than 40 per cent since the autumn of 2014, according to the NPD's analysis of eight planned developments that are approaching start-up.

  • New guidelines for shredding

    26/08/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate frequently receives inquiries from companies regarding how and to what scope data should be shredded or destroyed. The NPD has prepared guidelines that can help clarify the proper procedure in these cases.

  • Consent for lifetime extension - Gullfaks B

    25/08/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has given the go-ahead for using the B platform on the Gullfaks field in the North Sea until 1 January 2036, which corresponds to the length of the production licence.

  • An update of the NPD’s resource classification system

    24/08/2016 The NPD’s Resource Classification System from 2001 has been updated. The new system has only minor changes compared to the previous one as all “boxes” are the same.

  • Looking for framework agreements on technology

    23/08/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has announced a tender competition to supplement its technological expertise and capacity, with the intention of becoming even more of a driving force in the development of discoveries and improved recovery measures from producing fields.

  • Consent to remove the Yme facility

    23/08/2016 The NPD has granted its consent for the licensees in production licences PL 316 and PL 316B to remove the production facility on Yme. The field is operated by Repsol.

  • The NPD at ONS

    22/08/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will be present at the oil and gas exhibition ONS in Stavanger from 29 August to 1 September.

  • Development plan for the Byrding discovery

    19/08/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has received a Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Byrding discovery in the North Sea. The discovery was previously known as “Astero”.

  • Processing the development plan for the Utgard discovery

    11/08/2016 On 9 August, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) received the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Utgard discovery in the North Sea.

  • Applicant seminar for DEMO 2000

    08/08/2016 The DEMO 2000 technology programme has announced funding of NOK 125 million for development of new technology for use on the Norwegian shelf, with an application deadline on 12 October 2016.

  • ROV expedition in deep water in the Norwegian Sea

    14/07/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has carried out 4 successful ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle) dives and has acquired depth data (bathymetry) near the Vøring Spur in the western Norwegian Sea.

  • NPD to sell 3D seismic data

    12/07/2016 The 3D seismic data covers Block 31/5 (as well as a small part of Block 31/4).

  • Consent for start-up of subsea facility on the Balder field

    11/07/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted ExxonMobil, operator and sole licensee in production licence 001, consent to start-up a subsea facility for production well 25/11-E-29 AH on the Balder field.

  • Consent for extended lifetime for the Tambar facility

    08/07/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is giving the green light to use the facility on the Tambar field in the North Sea until 1 January 2022. This coincides with the expiry of production licence 065.

  • New issue of the magazine

    24/06/2016 Norsk sokkel is publishing a new issue and distribution of the printed magazine starts on Friday.

  • New development concept on Oseberg

    15/06/2016 When Oseberg Vestflanken 2 starts producing in 2018, it will represent a new concept on the Norwegian shelf. Unmanned wellhead platforms may be relevant for future developments.

  • Consent granted for Rutil start-up

    13/06/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted the licensees in Gullfaks (production licence 050) consent to start-up the facilities on the Rutil deposit on Gullfaks South, and to start producing.

  • Mapping of the deep sea will continue

    08/06/2016 This summer, the NPD will continue to acquire geological samples and deep-sea minerals in the Norwegian Sea.

  • Status of emissions from the petroleum sector

    30/05/2016 In 2015, the petroleum activities generated 13.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is an increase of 400,000 tonnes (3 per cent) compared with the previous year.

  • Studying cores from the northeastern Barents Sea

    25/05/2016 In the autumn of 2015, the NPD had seven shallow wells drilled in the northeastern Barents Sea.

  • Thirteen companies are offered ten production licences in the 23rd licensing round

    18/05/2016 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) has today issued an offer of new production licences in the 23rd licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf. All ten production licences are located in the Barents Sea.

  • The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s confidence in the Norwegian shelf remains high

    14/04/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) updated estimate for undiscovered resources shows that the total remaining resources on the Norwegian shelf can provide a basis for oil and gas production for decades to come.

  • Presentation of new resource report

    07/04/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will present its new resource report on 14 April.

  • New report positive to unmanned wellhead platforms

    06/04/2016 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) takes a positive view of unmanned wellhead platforms as an alternative development concept to subsea developments.

  • APA 2016 - announcement

    17/03/2016 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has 17th March 2016 announced the APA 2016, comprising the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

  • New and improved version of NorwegianPetroleum.no

    16/03/2016 The website’s content about Norwegian petroleum activities is updated. The website is also improved to give a better user experience and overview of contents, especially on mobile phones.

  • Field and discovery information updated

    02/03/2016 All information about fields and discoveries on the Norwegian continental shelf has been revised and updated on the NPD’s Fact Pages on npd.no, and on the NPD and the Norwegian Ministry for Petroleum and Energy's joint website norskpetroleum.no.

  • Slight increase in the resource base on the Norwegian shelf

    25/02/2016 The NPD's estimate of total discovered and undiscovered petroleum resources on the Norwegian shelf has increased with 0.1 billion standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm3 o.e.) from the previous year to about 14.2 billion Sm3 o.e.

  • Joining forces in Stavanger

    02/02/2016 The Force forum aims to strengthen cooperation in research and development projects (R&D) at a two-day seminar hosted by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. The Joining Forces seminar starts today.

  • Who deserves the IOR prize?

    01/02/2016 Do you know someone who deserves the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s prize for improved oil recovery – the 2016 IOR prize?

  • Offers for ownership interests in APA 2015

    19/01/2016 Today, 19 January, offers will be sent to 36 companies for 56 new production licences on the Norwegian continental shelf.

  • Investment and cost forecasts

    14/01/2016 From a historically high activity level in 2013 and 2014, the falling oil price has caused substantial challenges for the petroleum industry, and projects on operating fields and new developments are being postponed.

  • Exploration

    14/01/2016 Exploration activity on the Norwegian shelf remains at a high level, though it declined somewhat at the end of the year. Seventeen discoveries were made, 11 in the North Sea and six in the Norwegian Sea. The discoveries are all minor and close to other fields.

  • Field developments

    14/01/2016 In 2015, four new fields started production on the Norwegian continental shelf, all in the North Sea. The authorities approved four Plans for Development and Operation (PDOs), compared to just one in 2014.

  • The Shelf in 2015

    14/01/2016 Low oil prices have given rise to considerable challenges for the petroleum industry. Significant remaining resources, combined with cost reductions and improved efficiency, can ensure continued high activity and future profitability.

  • Petroleum production

    14/01/2016 Oil production increased for the second consecutive year, and a new record was set for gas sales. Production is expected to remain at a stable level over the next few years.

  • Press conference – The Shelf in 2015

    06/01/2016 Director general Bente Nyland will present investment and production prognoses, and results from exploration and production in 2015.  

  • Oseberg West Flank to be developed

    18/12/2015 Today, December 18, Statoil and its partners has submitted a Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Oseberg Vestflanken 2 in the North Sea.

  • 26 companies want to explore in the north

    04/12/2015 The application deadline for production licences in the 23rd licensing round expired on 2 December. Twenty-six companies had applied for exploration acreage by the end of the deadline.

  • New issue of Norwegian Continental Shelf

    01/12/2015 The special report in this issue, as in the previous one, focus on the 50th anniversary of the first licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

  • Edvard Grieg on stream

    30/11/2015 A new field started producing in the North Sea on Saturday 28. November. Edvard Grieg is operating company Lundin's first major development project on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Users of the OilFacts-app are requested to upgrade to a new version

    25/11/2015 Version 1 of OilFacts will be discontinued on 11 December 2015. OilFacts version 2 is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

  • Plugging of wells can prevent value creation

    23/11/2015 Re-using wells on the Norwegian shelf can be good business. This is why the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is sceptical of the proposal to plug wells as a measure to keep drilling rigs in activity.

  • Force – still going strong after 20 years

    20/11/2015 For 20 years, oil companies and authorities have met on excursions, for lunch meetings and seminars to discuss how to increase oil recovery and streamline exploration.

  • Green light for production start-up on Edvard Grieg

    16/11/2015 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted consent to start production on the Lundin Norway-operated Edvard Grieg field in production licence 338 in the North Sea.

  • Start-up consent for two pipelines

    06/11/2015 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted start-up consents for the Edvard Grieg oil pipeline and the Utsira High gas pipeline.

  • New study on unmanned wellhead platforms

    23/10/2015 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate wants unmanned wellhead platforms to be considered more often as an alternative to subsea tie-back in connection with development decisions.

  • CO2 storage on the agenda in Stavanger

    21/10/2015 For two days, representatives from the authorities, research institutions, and industry will discuss and learn more about projects involving storage of CO2 in the subsurface.

  • More oil from Gullfaks

    23/09/2015 One of the major cash cows on the Norwegian shelf, the Gullfaks field, which has been producing for nearly 30 years, is facing further investments to boost production and extend the field’s lifetime.

  • Development plan for Maria approved

    11/09/2015 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has approved the development plan for the oil discovery Maria on the Halten Bank in the Norwegian Sea.

  • Great interest in APA 2015

    09/09/2015 At the application deadline for awards in predefined areas (APA) 2015 on the Norwegian continental shelf, the authorities had received applications from 43 companies.

  • Consent for start-up of Goliat

    09/09/2015 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted the licensees of the Goliat oil field (production licence 229) consent for start-up of their field facilities and production.

  • Sharing petroleum data through Diskos for 20 years

    03/09/2015 This year is the 20th anniversary since the joint database Diskos was created. The base has been and continues to play an important role for the companies on the shelf for access to seismic, well and production data.

  • Polar researchers return after one year on ice floes in the Arctic Ocean

    27/08/2015 On 22 August, Yngve Kristoffersen and Audun Tholfsen returned to Longyearbyen after completing a feat no one has done since Nansen and Johansen - spending the winter alone in the central Arctic Ocean.

  • Consent for use of equipment for improved recovery on Gullfaks

    25/08/2015 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has granted the licensees of Gullfaks Sør consent for start-up and operation of new subsea wet gas compressor and umbilical on the Gullfaks field in production licence 050.

  • New edition of the continental shelf map

    25/08/2015 You can now download or order the new edition of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s shelf map.

  • Processing amended plan for development and operation of Gullfaks

    01/07/2015 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has received an amended plan for development and operation (PDO) of the Gullfaks field in the North Sea.

  • SMIL

    08/06/2015 As of 9 June, the production licences can submit applications for extension of deadlines in the exploration period (the initial period) to the authorities through the online portal SMIL instead of sending normal application letters.

  • More oil than ten years ago

    27/05/2015 The current recoverable volume of oil in fields and discoveries exceeds the estimated figure in 2005, and it is also presumed that more oil remains to be discovered.

  • New issue of Norwegian Continental Shelf

    21/05/2015 The main theme is this year’s 50th anniversary of the first licensing round on the NCS.

  • Plan for new development - 6406/3-8

    06/05/2015 Yesterday, 5 May, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) received a Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Maria oil discovery.

  • Want to secure the resources on Johan Sverdrup

    28/04/2015 On Friday, the Government submitted a proposition to the Storting for the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the first development phase step on the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea.

  • APA 2015 - announcement

    21/04/2015 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has 21 April 2015 announced the APA 2015, comprising the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

  • Web site replaces printed Facts

    20/04/2015 Up until 2014, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate published a booklet containing factual information about the Norwegian petroleum activities.

  • Valemon officially opened

    17/04/2015 Yesterday, the Minister of Petroleum and Energy marked the official opening of the Statoil-operated Valemon field in the North Sea.

  • 50th anniversary of the first licensing round

    09/04/2015 50 years ago today, on 9 April 1965, the first licensing rules for the Norwegian shelf were laid down by royal decree.

  • Resource accounts 2014

    02/03/2015 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's resource accounts estimate the total recoverable petroleum resources to be 14.1 billion standard cubic meters (Sm3) of oil equivalents (o.e.).

  • Johan Sverdrup development plan submitted

    13/02/2015 Today, 13 February, the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Johan Sverdrup field was submitted to Minister of Petroleum and Energy Tord Lien.

  • Johan Sverdrup - in the company of giants

    13/02/2015 Johan Sverdrup was proven in two stages, but it was clear from the start that this was actually one gigantic oil discovery. Ranked by size, it is number five on the Norwegian ranking list.

  • Interactive maps of potential CO2 storage sites

    12/02/2015 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has produced two interactive versions of the atlas of potential CO2 storage sites in the sea areas off the Norwegian coast.

  • Fifty years since it all started

    02/02/2015 This year marks 50 years since petroleum activities began in Norway. The boundaries of the shelf were laid out, and the first – and largest – licensing round was announced.

  • 23rd licensing round - announcement

    20/01/2015 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has announced the 23rd licensing round today, 20 January 2015. Fifty-seven blocks/parts of blocks are being announced in this round, of which three are in the Norwegian Sea and 54 in the Barents Sea.

  • Offers for ownership interests in APA 2014

    20/01/2015 Today, 20 January, offers will be issued to 43 companies for 54 new production licences on the Norwegian continental shelf.

  • Field developments

    15/01/2015 In 2014, the authorities received one Plan for Development and Operation (PDO), for a minor gas discovery near the Statoil-operated Gullfaks Rimfaksdalen in the North Sea. The 34/10-53 S discovery will be developed with a seabed template tied in to Gullfaks A.

  • Exploration

    15/01/2015 Exploration activity is still high on the Norwegian shelf. Last year, 56 exploration wells were spudded and 59 were terminated. This amounts to three fewer spudded exploration wells than in 2013, but is the third highest total ever. Of these, 41 were wildcat wells and 15 were appraisal wells.

  • Petroleum production

    15/01/2015 216.7 million saleable standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm³ o.e.) were produced in 2014. This is 47.4 million Sm³ o.e. less than in the record-setting year 2004, and 1.4 per cent more than in 2013. This minor increase was slightly larger than expected in the forecasts made for 2014. Oil production increased from 2013, after a steady decline since 2001.

  • Investment and cost forecasts

    15/01/2015 The high cost level in the petroleum industry has gradually become a major challenge. The decline in oil and gas prices in recent months has further emphasised the sector’s profitability challenges.

  • The shelf in 2014

    15/01/2015 In the opinion of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, high costs and weaker oil prices could drive necessary readjustments that will strengthen the petroleum industry over the long-term.

  • Press conference – The shelf in 2014

    14/01/2015

  • Technical difficulties with our website

    13/01/2015 We are in the process of upgrading npd.no’s publication system. We are experiencing some technical difficulties with our website as a result of this.

  • 2015 Brøgger Prize

    12/01/2015 Fridtjof Riis (b. 1954) has been awarded the Brøgger Prize for 2015. Riis received the prize for his cutting-edge technical contributions to Norwegian geology, and geoscience in general.

  • Pioneering work on Barents Sea geology

    12/01/2015 Investigations conducted by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) have thrown new light on the geology of Svalbard and the northern Barents Sea.

  • New additions to management in the NPD

    17/11/2014 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s new management group comes into force today, 17 November.

  • Proposed national budget 2015

    14/10/2014 In its proposed national budget for 2015, the Government advocates allocating a total of NOK 413.5 million to operating expenses, procurement of equipment and maintenance in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

  • New head of the Harstad office

    13/10/2014 Stig-Morten Knutsen (49) has been appointed as head of the NPD’s Harstad office.

  • Easier to apply for geological samples

    22/09/2014 It is now possible to use an electronic form to apply for a permit to take samples from cores, drill cuttings or fluids from exploration and production wells on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Record number of applications in APA 2014

    11/09/2014 At the end of the application deadline for awards in predefined areas (APA) 2014 on the Norwegian shelf, the authorities have received applications from 47 companies.

  • Updated and new descriptions of plays

    27/08/2014 New and updated descriptions of plays for the Norwegian shelf, including contour maps and shape files, can now be found at www.npd.no.

  • New continental shelf map

    27/08/2014 You can now download or order paper versions of the NPD’s new continental shelf map.

  • Martin Landrø receives the IOR award in 2014

    26/08/2014 Martin Landrø has been given the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) IOR award for his work on developing 4D seismic for mapping, production management and monitoring of reservoirs.

  • Core values

    25/08/2014 The authority stand at this year’s ONS features a selection of core samples from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s core storage. This collection contains samples from around 1600 exploration and production wells on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Meet the NPD’s managers at ONS

    22/08/2014 Members of the NPD’s management team will be present at the ONS conference. Meet them at our stand no. 630 in Hall F, at these times:

  • Norwegian Petroleum Directorate at ONS

    21/08/2014 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will have a stand at the ONS oil exhibition in Stavanger from 25-28 August. The NPD will share a stand with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE).

  • This year’s seismic acquisition complete

    21/08/2014 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has had a successful seismic season, which wound up 19 August.

  • High exploration activity in the first six months

    30/06/2014 Exploration activity on the Norwegian shelf remains vigorous. Thirteen new discoveries have been made this year, the largest of these in the Norwegian Sea.

  • Drilling in Norwegian Sea completed

    13/06/2014 On 9 June, The NPD completed the drilling of shallow boreholes in the western Norwegian Sea. Three holes were drilled on the Mørerand High, 293 kilometres northwest of Kristiansund.

  • Presentations from the conference on project implementation on the Norwegian shelf

    03/06/2014 On 8 April, the NPD held a conference on measures to improve project implementation on the shelf. Presentations from the conference are now available online.

  • System for permanent reservoir monitoring installed on the Snorre and Grane fields

    30/05/2014 Work will continue this summer and autumn on installing a seismic streamer on Snorre. A dedicated system with a seismic streamer will also be installed on Grane.

  • New compiled atlas

    20/05/2014 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is completing the mapping of potential CO2 stores on the Norwegian shelf by publishing a compiled, revised edition of the previously published atlases.

  • Oil Facts app on all mobile platforms

    12/05/2014 If you need quick access to facts about Norwegian oil fields, production, companies or wells, the Oil Facts app is your answer.

  • New fact booklet

    05/05/2014 The fact booklet, Facts 2014, is now available on paper and online.

  • Exploring unknown acreage in the Norwegian Sea

    02/05/2014 This summer, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will map the subsurface on the Mørerand High and Gjallar Ridge South in the Norwegian Sea, which is in the western part of the continental shelf. The objective is to acquire knowledge about unexplored acreage.

  • CO2 storage on the docket in Stavanger

    29/04/2014 Last week, 100 participants from 15 countries took part in a workshop in Stavanger to discuss issues regarding safe handling and storage of CO2.

  • Conference

    07/04/2014 On 8 April, the NPD will hold a conference on measures to improve project execution on the Norwegian shelf for about 100 oil industry executives.

  • APA 2014 - announcement

    03/04/2014 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has 3 April 2014 announced the APA 2014, comprising the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

  • Substantial assets remain on the Norwegian shelf

    03/04/2014 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) believes that oil reserves could grow by 1200 million standard cubic metres (Sm3) over the next ten years. 

  • Good feedback from users

    17/03/2014 Agenda Kaupang carried out a user survey for the NPD. The purpose is to learn what key players in the outside world think about how the NPD works and solves its tasks.

  • High scores for App

    05/03/2014 The Oil facts app received a sterling review in the annual Farmand awards.

  • Previous award winners

    03/03/2014    

  • Who deserves the NPD’s IOR prize?

    03/03/2014 Do you know someone who deserves the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s prize for improved oil recovery for 2014 – the IOR prize?

  • Resource accounts 2013

    03/03/2014 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's resource accounts show that the total recoverable petroleum resources are estimated at 14.2 billion standard cubic metres (Sm3) of oil equivalents (o.e.).

  • Nominations for the 23rd licensing round

    22/01/2014 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has received proposals from 40 companies regarding which blocks they believe should be included in the 23rd licensing round on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Correction to The shelf in 2013

    16/01/2014 In the printed version of the summary press release handed out at yesterday’s press conference, there is an error in the eighth paragraph, referring to petroleum production.

  • Investment and cost forecasts

    15/01/2014 The high activity level in the petroleum sector is expected to continue, but without further growth. Robust activity in the next few years is mainly due to significant exploration activity and development of several discoveries – of which Johan Sverdrup and Johan Castberg are the largest – as well as a number of major and minor projects planned on fields in operation.

  • Field developments

    15/01/2014 Four plans for development and operation (PDOs) have been approved in 2013: three in the North Sea and one in the Norwegian Sea.

  • Petroleum production

    15/01/2014 A total of 213.7 million saleable standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm³ o.e.) was produced in 2013. This is 49.8 million Sm³ o.e. less than in the record year 2004, and 4.9 per cent less than in 2012. The decline was as expected after the record high gas sales level in 2012. Oil production continued to decline.

  • Exploration

    15/01/2014 The level of activity on the Norwegian Shelf was high in 2013, and 20 new discoveries were made, seven more than in 2012. Seven of the discoveries were made in the North Sea, eight in the Norwegian Sea and five in the Barents Sea.

  • The shelf in 2013 - Press release

    15/01/2014 A record number of fields are in operation on the Norwegian shelf. Discoveries in 2013 offset roughly half of what was produced in the same year.

  • Surprises on ROV expedition in the Norwegian Sea

    10/01/2014 Watch the video and read the story of the expedition in August 2013.

  • Press conference – The shelf in 2013

    08/01/2014 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) invites you to a press conference on The shelf in 2013 on Wednesday, 15 January at 10:00.

  • CO2 storage atlas of the southern Barents Sea

    18/12/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has completed the mapping of possible CO2 storage sites on the Norwegian shelf, and will publish an atlas of the southern part of the Barents Sea today.

  • Selling seismic from the Icelandic sea areas off Jan Mayen

    13/12/2013 In 2011 and 2012, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) acquired 2D seismic offshore Jan Mayen on the Norwegian and Icelandic shelves.

  • Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy topics at Force seminar

    05/12/2013 Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy are the topics at the Force seminar "Advances in sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy with applications to the Norwegian shelf" in Stavanger on 10 and 11 December.

  • Director General Bente Nyland to continue for six more years

    30/11/2013 Director General Bente Nyland will continue as head of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate for another six-year term, effective 1 January 2014.

  • New bulletin to be published

    18/11/2013 NPD Bulletin 10 is a manuscript about stratigraphic surveys of intermediate to upper geological strata across the entire Norwegian shelf, on land in Denmark, on Svalbard and the continental shelf east of Greenland.

  • PRM system installed on the Snorre field

    15/11/2013 Seismic streamers were installed on the Snorre field this past summer. When the streamers are lying exposed on the seabed, before they are covered, they are extremely vulnerable to trawling activity and other outside influences.

  • Diskos contracts to CGG

    15/11/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and the oil companies in the Diskos group have awarded contracts for software and operation of the Diskos databases to CGG.

  • Force to promote increased EOR efforts

    05/11/2013 At a Force seminar on 6 and 7 November, petroleum engineers will have the opportunity to exchange experiences from EOR projects on the fields, and to share ideas and new knowledge.

  • Acquisition of seismic data in Barents Sea completed

    22/10/2013 On 17 October, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) completed its acquisition of 2D seismic in the new Norwegian maritime zone northeast in the Barents Sea.

  • Proposed national budget 2014

    16/10/2013 In the proposed national budget for 2014, the government calls for allocating a total of NOK 456.2 million to operating expenses, equipment procurement and maintenance in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

  • NPD report reveals causes of cost overruns for field developments on the Norwegian shelf

    14/10/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), on assignment from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) has reviewed five field developments on the Norwegian shelf to uncover why some developments finish in line with their estimated cost target, while others are much more expensive than planned.

  • Sølvberg is new director for the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea

    09/10/2013 Ingrid Sølvberg (43) joined the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s management team on 1 October, as director for the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea.

  • Area fees – Stipulation of new rates

    01/10/2013 Pursuant to Section 39 (5) of the Petroleum Regulations, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has stipulated new area fee rates to apply as of 1 January 2014.

  • Continue mapping of the Barents Sea

    18/09/2013 So far, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has acquired 8800 km of seismic in the new Norwegian sea area in the northeastern part of the Barents Sea. According to the plan, the acquisition activity will continue until mid-October.

  • IEA discusses enhanced oil recovery in Stavanger

    09/09/2013 From 9 to 11 September, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will host the International Energy Agency’s (IEA’s) workshop and symposium on enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in Stavanger.

  • NPD to conduct user survey

    22/08/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) wants to know more about what important players in our field think about the work we do, and therefore plans to conduct a user survey.

  • Fifteen companies have purchased seismic data

    21/08/2013 As of 19 August, 15 oil companies have purchased the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s seismic data package from the southeastern part of the Barents Sea and the ocean areas off Jan Mayen.

  • New continental shelf map

    05/08/2013 You can now download or order paper versions of the NPD’s new continental shelf map.

  • NPD maps northeastern Barents Sea

    30/07/2013 The mapping of the new Norwegian sea area in the eastern Barents Sea which started in 2012 will now be continued.

  • Stable NOx emissions on the Norwegian shelf

    10/07/2013 The total nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions on the Norwegian shelf have remained relatively stable since the turn of the century.

  • Publishing new resource report

    02/07/2013 The biggest change in the petroleum industry since 2011 is that optimism on the Norwegian shelf is greater than it has been in quite some time.

  • Seven companies have purchased seismic data

    01/07/2013 As of 28 June, seven oil companies have purchased the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s seismic data package from the southeastern part of the Barents Sea and the ocean areas off Jan Mayen.

  • High exploration activity

    28/06/2013 As of 28 June, 28 exploration wells have been spudded on the Norwegian shelf. Of these, 19 were wildcat wells and nine were appraisal wells.

  • Processing plan for development of Oseberg Delta phase 2

    25/06/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has received the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Oseberg Delta phase 2.

  • New version of the Oil facts app

    21/06/2013 A new version of the Oil facts app for Windows Phone 8 is now available.

  • Selling seismic data

    21/06/2013 In 2011 and 2012, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) acquired 2D seismic data in the southeastern Barents Sea and off Jan Mayen.

  • Continuing cooperation with Russian Rosnedra

    20/06/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will continue its cooperation with the Directorate for Mineral Resources in Russia (Rosnedra).

  • Monitoring

    19/06/2013 From 20 June to 20 October, a seismic streamer will be installed on the Snorre field in the North Sea. Trawling activity in the area should be avoided during this period.

  • Offers for ownership interests in the 22nd licensing round

    17/06/2013 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has send out offers for new production licences in the 22nd licensing round on the Norwegian shelf. 29 companies received offers for participation in 24 new production licences.

  • Geological names finally in Norwegian

    02/05/2013 The names used in the geological time scale have been translated into Norwegian, and are now available in an official, internationally recognised edition.

  • FORCE joining forces in Stavanger

    30/04/2013 Communication and cooperation between the petroleum industry and academic institutions in Norway and Denmark is the topic of the Joining Forces seminar in Stavanger in May.

  • Facts 2013 ready for release

    26/04/2013 Facts 2013 on the Norwegian petroleum activities is now ready for release. It will be published both on the internet and in hard copy.

  • The APA 2013 announcement has been updated

    22/03/2013 The APA 2013 announcement has been updated with application guidelines, application letter and company information, in addition to excel forms and other information.

  • The petroleum resource account as of 2012

    01/03/2013 The resource account shows that the total recoverable petroleum resources are estimated at 13.6 billion standard cubic meters of oil equivalents (scm o.e.).

  • New resource figures for the southeastern Barents Sea and Jan Mayen

    27/02/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) mapping of the southeastern Barents Sea and the area surrounding Jan Mayen will result in an approximate increase of 15 per cent in the estimates of undiscovered resources on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Resource figures for the southeastern Barents Sea and Jan Mayen

    26/02/2013 For the very first time, Director General Bente Nyland of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will present estimates of oil and gas resources in the southeastern Barents Sea and in the waters off Jan Mayen. This will take place in Alta on 27 February at 15:00 hours.

  • Ownership interest awards APA 2012

    25/02/2013 New production licences in APA 2012 were finally awarded on 8 February 2013. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s fact pages, fact map and shapefiles have been updated to reflect the new production licences.

  • APA 2013 - announcement

    15/02/2013 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has 15 February 2013 announced the APA 2013, comprising the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

  • NPD employee defending dissertation

    13/02/2013 The trial lecture and disputation will take place at the geological institute in Oslo on Friday, 15 February. This will make Van Thi Hai Pham the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) first employee with a doctorate in CO2 injection.

  • Taking over ownership of stratigraphic cores from Sintef

    08/02/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is taking over a collection of 6.6 kilometres of shallow rock cores from the Norwegian continental shelf from SINTEF.

  • Six viewpoints on Force

    04/02/2013 150 geologists participated in the "Norway - East Greenland conjugate margins" conference held on 30 and 31 January. The feedback on the event was positive.

  • The Petroleum Register on the NPD’s Fact Pages

    01/02/2013 Now you can gain access to and print out parts of the Petroleum Register via the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s Fact Pages.

  • Wait lists for Force conference

    28/01/2013 There are long wait lists for the Force conference "Norway- East Greenland conjugate margins", which will be held at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s offices on 30 and 31 January.

  • Increase in the CO2 tax for 2013

    18/01/2013 The Storting (Norwegian Parliament) has determined the CO2 tax for 2013 to be 96 cents per standard cubic metre of gas and 96 cents per litre of oil or condensate.

  • Processing plan for development of Dagny - 15/5-1

    14/01/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has received a Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) of the Dagny oil and gas discovery in the North Sea. Statoil is the operator of the development.

  • Correction to The Shelf in 2012

    11/01/2013 In today’s press release there is an error in the paragraph referring to investments.

  • Investments and costs

    11/01/2013    

  • Undiscovered resources

    11/01/2013 The undiscovered oil and gas resources on the Norwegian shelf are greater than previously assumed. This is a positive development for the future of the oil and gas activity on the NCS.

  • Field developments

    11/01/2013 A considerable number of plans for development and operation (PDOs) have been submitted in 2012: six in the North Sea and two in the Norwegian Sea. Of these, the authorities approved four in the North Sea and two in the Norwegian Sea before the end of the year.

  • Petroleum production

    11/01/2013 A total of 224 million saleable standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm³ o.e.) was produced in 2012. This is 39.5 million Sm³ o.e. less than in the record year 2004, but two per cent more than in 2011. The increase can be attributed to record-breaking gas production. Oil production continued to decline.

  • Exploration

    11/01/2013 Thirteen new discoveries were made on the Norwegian shelf in 2012; nine fewer than in 2011. Five of the discoveries were made in the North Sea, five in the Norwegian Sea and three in the Barents Sea.

  • The Shelf in 2012 – press releases

    11/01/2013 Norwegian gas achieved record sales in 2012, while oil production declined more than expected. However, new profitable discoveries and a record number of developments in recent years form a basis for long-term value creation.

  • Processing development plans for Aasta Hansteen

    10/01/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has received a Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the Aasta Hansteen gas discovery in the Norwegian Sea and a Plan for Installation and Operation (PIO) for the Polarled gas transport system.

  • Press conference - The shelf in 2012

    07/01/2013 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) invites you to a press conference on The shelf in 2012 on Friday, 11 January at 10:00.

  • Twelve discoveries on the Norwegian shelf in 2012

    18/12/2012 So far this year, 12 discoveries have been made on the Norwegian shelf. Six of these were made in the North Sea, and three in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea respectively.

  • Many applicants in the 22nd licencing round

    05/12/2012 When the application deadline for the 22nd licencing round on the Norwegian shelf expired on 4 December, a total of 36 companies had submitted applications.

  • Have you remembered to download our oil app?

    03/12/2012 In August, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate launched an app for mobile phones. As of 1 December, the app had been downloaded by 5209 people.

  • Maintenance of the FactMaps

    21/11/2012 Due to maintenance, the FactMaps will be unstable until 5 p.m. today.

  • Commercially available data in connection with exploration activities

    09/11/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has distributed a letter to all licensees on the Norwegian Shelf concerning the application of the regulations relating to commercially available data in connection with exploration activities.

  • Opening process for Jan Mayen – Impact assessment submitted for consultation

    18/10/2012 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has submitted the impact assessment for petroleum activity around Jan Mayen for consultation.

  • Opening process for the Barents Sea – Impact assessment submitted for consultation

    18/10/2012 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has submitted the impact assessment for petroleum activity in the south-eastern part of the Barents Sea for consultation.

  • Proposed Norwegian State budget 2013

    09/10/2012 In the State budget for 2013, the Government proposes allocating a total of NOK 446.6 million for operating expenses, special operating expenses and procurements/maintenance in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

  • Farouk Al-Kasim honoured at Ledaal

    02/10/2012 Yesterday, 1 October, former NPD director of petroleum resource management Farouk Al- Kasim received the decoration Knight first class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav for his efforts for Norwegian oil activities.

  • The King honours former NPD resource director

    25/09/2012 His Royal Majesty the King has conferred the Order of Knighthood on Farouk Al-Kasim, making him Knight of the First Order of St. Olav for his efforts in the Norwegian oil activities.

  • Quiz winner

    24/09/2012 She doesn’t know much about the petroleum industry, but she had some pretty good helpers in the quiz at the Authorities’ stand at ONS in late August.

  • Popular shelf map

    03/09/2012 Over the course of the ONS week, the NPD distributed a total of 9600 copies of the Norwegian continental shelf map.

  • CO2 and IOR on the agenda at ONS

    30/08/2012 Eva Halland is holding a lecture on CO2 storage at the seminar ”Bringing it down to earth” at ONS today. She will also present an NPD study on use of CO2 for improved oil recovery and the NPD’s CO2 atlas.

  • Praising good work on Oseberg

    29/08/2012 “Decision-makers on producing fields should have had exploration experience,” said Director General Bente Nyland during the breakfast organised by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) at ONS the day after awarding the IOR prize to Statoil’s subsurface environment on the Oseberg field.

  • ROV expedition on the Jan Mayen Ridge

    29/08/2012 Using a remotely operated underwater vehicle with an installed saw (!), researchers have acquired geological samples from the Jan Mayen Ridge this summer. The method is new – and the results provide new and useful knowledge.

  • Quiz at the authorities’ ONS stand

    29/08/2012 Visitors to the authorities’ ONS stand can test their knowledge in a quiz. The quiz consists of 12 questions relating to petroleum policy, resources and safety on the shelf.

  • IOR prize 2012

    28/08/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s prize for improved recovery for 2012 is awarded to the subsurface environment on the Oseberg field.

  • New petroleum app

    28/08/2012 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) are launching a newly developed mobile phone app. The MPE is thus the first ministry to launch an app in Norway.

  • New continental shelf map

    27/08/2012 You can now download or order paper versions of the NPD’s new continental shelf map.

  • Assessment of electrification of the Utsira High

    24/08/2012 Power from land could be a competitive alternative to use of local gas power on the Utsira High. This is indicated by a study carried out on behalf of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

  • Norwegian Petroleum Directorate at ONS

    23/08/2012    

  • Welcome!

    23/08/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will also be present at this year’s ONS oil exhibition. The petroleum authorities will be united under the Coat of arms of Norway at a shared stand.

  • Joining forces to test technology

    21/08/2012 A new agreement will make it easier to test new methods to recover more oil from the fields on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Seismic acquisition around Jan Mayen has been concluded

    16/08/2012 In the early morning hours of 10 August, the vessel Nordic Explorer concluded the acquisition of 2D seismic around Jan Mayen. The operation has been underway since 5 June.

  • Continuing seismic acquisition in the northeastern Barents Sea

    16/08/2012 The vessel Artemis Atlantic has resumed acquisition of 2D seismic data as planned in the north-eastern part of the Barents Sea.

  • IOR and breakfast

    16/08/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is pleased to invite you to an IOR breakfast at ONS on Wednesday, 29 August.

  • Concluding acquisition of seismic data

    07/08/2012 Artemis Atlantic concludes the acquisition of seismic data in Nordland IV and V on Tuesday 7 August.

  • Seismic data acquisition in the third area of Nordland IV and V

    02/08/2012 Artemis Atlantic has completed seismic data acquisition in the two northernmost parts of Nordland IV and V (areas 1 and 2, see map). The vessel has started collecting in area 3.

  • Hovercraft expedition

    27/07/2012 The Sabvabaa hovercraft has set sail on a research mission from Svalbard to the North Pole. The Fram 2012 expedition is the first – and northernmost – polar expedition ever undertaken with such a vessel.

  • Completed seismic acquisition in the northernmost area

    23/07/2012 Artemis Atlantic has completed seismic data acquisition in the northernmost part of Nordland IV and V (“Area 1”, see map). The vessel has now started acquisition in “Area 2”.

  • Increased petroleum production in the first half of 2012

    13/07/2012 Preliminary production figures for the first half of 2012 are 8 per cent higher than the same period last year.

  • Acquiring seismic in Nordland IV and V

    09/07/2012 On 10 July, at 06.00 hours, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will start acquiring seismic in the Nordland IV and V areas. The work is planned to last for one month.

  • On the scene in South Sudan

    05/07/2012 This summer, the petroleum authorities in South Sudan are moving into new offices in Juba, the capital.

  • Seven new discoveries so far this year

    04/07/2012 As of 30 June, 19 exploration wells have been spudded on the Norwegian shelf. Of these, 13 are wildcat wells and six are appraisal wells. Seven new discoveries have been made. Four of these were made in the North Sea, two in the Norwegian Sea and one in the Barents Sea.

  • Norwegian Petroleum Directorate at the museum

    26/06/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has become part of the permanent exhibition at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger. The exhibition was opened on the NPD’s 40th anniversary on 14 June.

  • Acquiring seismic data in the Barents Sea

    20/06/2012 In the early hours of 16 June, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate began acquiring two-dimensional (2D) seismic data in the northeast part of the Barents Sea.

  • NPD is processing development plan for Svalin - 25/11-16

    15/06/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has received plan for development and operation (PDO) of 25/11-16 Svalin in the North Sea.

  • Huldra dressed to the nines

    15/06/2012 In the Huldra conference room in the NPD building at Ullandhaug there are major changes in progress. A long white wall is in the process of becoming inspiring art – literally – under the direction of Elin Melberg.

  • 40 years of managing the nation’s oil and gas resources

    14/06/2012 Today the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate celebrates its 40th anniversary. We are a 40-year old that enjoys job satisfaction, and we believe we do an important job.

  • Plays updated

    12/06/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's plays have now been updated, including changes in design, user friendliness and content.

  • Collecting seismic data off Jan Mayen

    05/06/2012 Starting today, 5 June, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will collect 2D seismic data off Jan Mayen.

  • NPD processes development plan for Bøyla – 24/9-9 S

    05/06/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has received a plan for development and operation for the oil and gas discovery 24/9-9 S Bøyla in the North Sea. Production start is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2014.

  • Striking NPD employees return to work

    04/06/2012 Industri Energi’s union members in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), who were on strike in connection with the wage settlement in the state sector, can now return to work.

  • Hit by strike action

    30/05/2012 The current labour dispute between the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and the civil service is also affecting the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. This applies primarily to the handling of post and updating of the fact pages - including seismic surveys and maps - on the NPD website. Bills will not be paid either.

  • Pioneering expedition in the Arctic Ocean

    22/05/2012 This summer, a hovercraft will embark upon a research voyage from Svalbard to the North Pole. This will be the first and the northernmost polar expedition undertaken with such a vessel.

  • FactPages to be upgraded

    16/05/2012 The FactPages are scheduled to be upgraded on Tuesday 22 May. As a result, the pages can at times be out of service between 16:00 and 23:00 hours.

  • The NPD is contributing in the work on the comprehensive management plan for the North Sea and Skagerrak

    11/05/2012 Today, the expert group for the North Sea and Skagerrak is submitting six assessments and one final report on the environmental condition of the sea area and the area’s significance for society and value creation.

  • 22nd licensing round – Nominated blocks for announcement on public consultation

    02/05/2012 On 30 March 2012 the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy sent blocks nominated for announcement on a public consultation process.

  • 23 new fishery experts

    02/05/2012 23 people have been certified as fishery experts on seismic vessels after completing the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and Directorate of Fisheries’ course in mid-March.

  • Seismic acquisition underway

    27/04/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) started acquiring seismic in the southern part of the Barents Sea yesterday, 26 April, at 17:28 hours.

  • Acquiring seismic in the southeastern Barents Sea

    23/04/2012 Starting 26 April, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will acquire 2D seismic in the southeastern part of the Barents Sea.

  • Taking affirmative action to recruit employees with immigrant background

    16/04/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and twelve other state entities are participating in a pilot scheme involving moderate affirmative action to recruit employees with an immigrant background.

  • New fact sheet

    12/04/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate together with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy are publishing Facts 2012 about the Norwegian petroleum sector.

  • Who deserves the IOR prize?

    29/03/2012 Do you know of someone who deserves the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s prize for improved oil recovery for 2011 – the IOR prize?

  • Disposal of concrete facilities

    21/03/2012 Some of the concrete facilities resting on the seabed on the Norwegian shelf are nearing the end of their lifetimes. In the coming years, the authorities need to address how to dispose of these.

  • New type of rig can provide important contributions to improved recovery

    15/03/2012 The NPD encourages licensees in Statoil-operated production licences to support Statoil’s plans for using a new type of rig that is specially adapted for maintenance of subsea wells.

  • Record gas sales in January

    14/03/2012 In January, 11.2 billion standard cubic metres of gas was sold from the Norwegian shelf. The figure is the highest of all time.

  • Aasoldsen new director of North Sea South

    01/03/2012 Today, Kjetil Aasoldsen (36) becomes a member of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s management team as director of North Sea South.

  • IOR prize will be awarded at ONS

    27/02/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s 2011 prize for improved recovery will be awarded on the opening day of ONS in August.

  • The NPD will acquire seismic in the northeastern sector of the Barents Sea

    21/02/2012 The Government has decided that the NPD will map the geology in the northeastern part of Norway’s new sea area in the Barents Sea.

  • Waiting list for fishery liaison course

    21/02/2012 Twenty-five people have signed up for the fishery liaison course being organised in Bergen in mid-March. The course is fully booked, and several people are on the waiting list.

  • Hjelmelandsprisen 2011 awarded to NPD geologist

    01/02/2012 Geologist Fridtjof Riis in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has been awarded Hjelmelandsprisen 2011.

  • NPD assessing development plan for Hild - 30/7-6

    24/01/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has received the plan for development and operation (PDO) for the oil and gas discovery 30/7-6 Hild in the North Sea. Total is the operator for the development.

  • NPD assessing development plan for “Luno” (16/1-8)

    24/01/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has received the plan for development and operation (PDO) for the oil and gas discovery 16/1-8 “Luno” in the North Sea. Lundin is the operator for the development.

  • Nine companies have purchased seismic

    23/01/2012 Nine oil companies had purchased the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s seismic data package from Lofoten and Vesterålen by 23 january.

  • Seismic data acquisition contracts signed

    23/01/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has entered into contracts with Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) and Dolphin Geophysical for the acquisition of seismic data.

  • Nominations for the 22nd licensing round

    23/01/2012 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has received nominations from 37 companies for blocks the companies believe should be included in the 22nd licensing round on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Offers for ownership interests in APA 2011

    17/01/2012 Today, January 17th, offers were sent to 42 companies for 60 new production licences on the Norwegian continental shelf.

  • The year of surprises

    16/01/2012 Last year was a year of surprises for the oil industry, and can best be characterised as an “annus hurrahbilis”. This was confirmed by Bente Nyland during today’s press conference.

  • Exploration activity

    16/01/2012 During the course of 2011, 22 new discoveries were made on the Norwegian continental shelf, six more than in 2010. 16 of the discoveries were made in the North Sea, three in the Norwegian Sea and three in the Barents Sea.

  • Cost development

    16/01/2012 The Norwegian petroleum activities are experiencing a period of strong growth in activities and high investment levels. This is positive; however, such a development also poses challenges as regards capacity and the companies’ ability to implement planned projects.

  • Planned field developments

    16/01/2012 The oil companies have reported that they are planning to submit between 15 and 20 PDOs (plans for development and operation) over the next two years. All developments will take place in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea.

  • Petroleum production

    16/01/2012 In total, 218.7 million saleable standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm³ o.e.) were produced in 2011. This is 44.8 million Sm³ o.e. less than in the record year 2004, and down five per cent from 2010.

  • Seismic data aquisition

    16/01/2012 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) acquired 11 500 kilometres of two-dimensional (2D) seismic in the new Norwegian waters in the southeastern Barents Sea in the summer of 2011. In addition, 3061 kilometres of 2D-seismic were acquired around Jan Mayen and 230 kilometres on the Mørerand High in the Norwegian Sea.

  • The shelf in 2011 - press releases

    16/01/2012 The oil industry continued to contribute significantly to Norway’s good economy in 2011. Last year’s investment and activity level was high, and it will remain at a high level in the next five years.

  • The shelf in 2011 - New time

    11/01/2012 The NPD’s annual press conference about the petroleum activities on the Norwegian continental shelf has been rescheduled to 10.00 on Monday, 16 January.

  • Great interest in seismic data from Lofoten and Vesterålen

    10/01/2012 Seven oil companies have purchased the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s seismic data package from Lofoten and Vesterålen, and several more have indicated their interest.

  • The shelf in 2011

    10/01/2012 Monday, 16 January 2012 at 10.00, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will hold its annual press conference about the petroleum activities on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Well concluded east of the Ula field

    10/01/2012 Due to technical problems, Centrica has concluded the drilling of appraisal well 8/10-4 B.

  • Director General joins expert group for improved rig capacity

    09/01/2012 Director General Bente Nyland is part of an expert group that will identify factors that limit the rig capacity on the Norwegian shelf. The group will also propose measures that can improve the flow of drilling facilities.

  • Nominating for the 22nd licensing round

    02/01/2012    

  • Great potential for North Sea CO2 storage

    13/12/2011 An atlas describing possible subsurface storage locations for carbon dioxide in the Norwegian part of the North Sea will be submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy today.

  • Launching atlas for CO2 storage in the Norwegian part of the North Sea

    09/12/2011 Upon request from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has prepared an atlas for CO2 storage in the Norwegian part of the North Sea.

  • Seismic on film

    06/12/2011 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has acquired seismic data in the southeastern part of the Barents Sea and in the waters off Jan Mayen. See the film from the survey.

  • Bente Nyland is one of the speakers at WPC 2011

    05/12/2011 Director general Bente Nyland’s speech at the WPC 2011 will address exploration in new areas on the Norwegian continental shelf.

  • Exciting knowledge about the subsurface at Jan Mayen

    23/11/2011 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and the University of Bergen have acquired geological material from steep parts of the seabed on the Jan Mayen Ridge.

  • Nomination of blocks for the 22nd licensing round

    02/11/2011 On 2 November, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) invited the oil companies to nominate blocks and/or combinations of blocks they believe should be included in the 22nd licensing round on the Norwegian shelf.

  • New version of the fact pages

    27/10/2011 Today, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will launch a new version of its fact pages. Fact pages v.2 will have improved functionality and contain more information than the old pages.

  • Nominate areas for CO2 storage

    17/10/2011 Five areas on the Norwegian shelf have been nominated as suitable for exploration for reservoirs for storage of carbon dioxide (CO2). Several companies have reported their interest to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

  • Continuing cooperation on chalk fields

    17/10/2011 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), the Danish Energy Agency and ten oil companies will cooperate on research and development and share experience to improve recovery from chalk fields on the Norwegian and Danish shelves.

  • New Resource Report from the NPD

    12/10/2011 Today, 12 October, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will publish its report Petroleum Resources on the Norwegian continental shelf 2011.

  • The 2011 Resource Report will be published on 12 October

    10/10/2011 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) Resource Report will be published on Wednesday, 12 October at 09:30.

  • NPD seismic off Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja

    07/10/2011 From 2007 to 2009, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has acquired 2D and 3D seismic data off Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja (Nordland VII and Troms II).

  • NOK 260 million for knowledge acquisition in the north

    07/10/2011 The 2012 fiscal budget plans for broad efforts in further developing the oil and gas activities in the north.

  • Human impact and environmental consequences in the North Sea and Skagerrak

    19/09/2011 The expert group for the North Sea and Skagerrak has prepared six studies on human impact and environmental consequences.

  • Great interest in mature areas following exciting discoveries

    15/09/2011 A preliminary count reveals that 43 companies have applied for acreage in the 2011 Awards in Predefined Areas (APA 2011).

  • Seismic acquisition in the Barents Sea east is completed

    14/09/2011 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) seismic acquisition in the Norwegian part of the Barents Sea was completed around midnight on 14 September.

  • Optimism following major discovery

    23/08/2011 Together, 16/2-8 ”Aldous” and 16/2-6 ”Avaldsnes”, could be the largest oil discovery made on the Norwegian shelf since the 1980s, and the world’s largest offshore discovery this year.

  • Seismic acquisition start-up in the Barents Sea East – 8 July

    07/07/2011 Just after midnight on 8 July, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) started acquisition of seismic data in Norway’s new maritime zone in the Barents Sea.

  • Facts 2011

    04/07/2011 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) are issuing a new facts publication on the Norwegian petroleum activities – Facts 2011.

  • Nomination of areas for storage of CO2

    24/06/2011 Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has invited the industry to nominate areas in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea that might be suited for exploration of reservoirs for storage of carbon dioxide (CO2).

  • Oil and gas industry emissions and discharges 2010

    16/06/2011 Emissions of CO2 and NOx from petroleum activities are relatively stable. Discharges to the sea of produced water and oil have not changed much in the last few years either.

  • 40th anniversary for Ekofisk

    15/06/2011 It is now 40 years since the Ekofisk field in the North Sea came on stream.

  • Seismic activity in the Barents Sea East from 7 July

    09/06/2011 It has now been determined that there will be seismic acquisition in the eastern part of the Barents Sea from 7 July.

  • Researchers honoured with IOR prize

    08/06/2011 Professor Tor Austad of the University of Stavanger and the Corec research centre have been honoured with the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's IOR prize for their work on recovering more oil from chalk reservoirs.

  • Subsea wells produce most

    08/06/2011 Far more oil and gas is now being produced from subsea wells on the Norwegian continental shelf than from platform wells.

  • Tor Austad and Corec share the NPD’s 2010 IOR prize

    07/06/2011 Professor Tor Austad (University of Stavanger) and the Corec research centre at IRIS have been awarded the NPD’s 2010 IOR prize. Austad and Corec have been honoured for the very important research that has been carried out to improve oil recovery from chalk fields.

  • Corec, International centre for improved oil recovery

    07/06/2011 The centre is a collaborative project between the University of Stavanger (UiS), the IRIS research foundation, and ConocoPhillips as the operator of Ekofisk, Eldfisk and Tor (production licence 018).

  • Tor Austad

    07/06/2011 Professor Tor Austad has worked with chemical processes for EOR (enhanced oil recovery) since the first national programme for improved oil recovery, the NPD administered SPOR, started in 1985.

  • The IOR award for 2010 will be presented on 7 June

    30/05/2011 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's 2010 award for improved oil recovery – the IOR award – will be presented on 7 June.

  • New issue of Norwegian Continental Shelf

    05/05/2011 In an interview, Knut Åm, chair of the government-appointed expert committee on improved oil recovery (IOR), says that the choices made by politicians in the imminent White Paper on petroleum policy will be crucial for the future of the Norwegian welfare state.

  • Seismic acquisition around Jan Mayen this summer

    27/04/2011 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will carry out acquisition of 2D seismic data in the waters around Jan Mayen this summer. The acquisition activity will start around 10 June and will last up to three months.

  • Breakfast meeting for young employees

    05/04/2011 On Wednesday, 13 April, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is inviting young employees to breakfast and a lecture on resource management on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Minor adjustments in organisation and management

    17/03/2011 Minor adjustments have been implemented in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD’s) organisation and management structure.

  • IOR deadline extended

    16/03/2011 The deadline for nominating candidates to the NPD’s 2010 award for improved oil recovery is extended to 25 March.

  • APA 2011 announced

    11/03/2011 The Ministry of petroleum and energy has 11 March 2011 announced the APA 2011, comprising predefined areas in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

  • Monitors movements in the earth’s crust

    22/02/2011 A new seismometer has received prominent placement in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s new building.

  • Triassic ichthyosaurus on Svalbard

    22/02/2011 During geological field work for the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in the summer of 2007, geologists found a well-preserved skeleton of a small ichthyosaurus on a plateau near Muenfjellet, on the western coast of Edgeøya in Svalbard. Even though remnants of ichthyosaurs are not uncommon on Svalbard, it is very rare for the head to be preserved – which was the case with this discovery.

  • Updated seahorse

    22/02/2011 The NPD (Norwegian Petroleum Directorate) is proud of its logo, a seahorse under a royal crown. The NPD’s board decided on a logo on 6 August 1975, which was then approved by the Ministry of Industry on 27 November 1975.

  • Geological time - a colourful story

    22/02/2011    

  • NPD in a new building

    22/02/2011 Today, 22 February, Stavanger mayor Leif Johan Sevland opened the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s new building in Stavanger. When he congratulated the NPD on the new building, he emphasised how important it is that the NPD and its employees have suitable working conditions, so they can do the best job possible job as resource managers on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Removal requires thorough preparations

    15/02/2011 It is technically feasible to remove concrete installations resting on the seabed. But this is comprehensive work that requires thorough planning and risk management.

  • 2010 IOR award

    04/02/2011 Do you know someone who deserves to receive the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's 2010 award for improved oil recovery – the IOR award?

  • Offers for ownership interests in APA 2010

    18/01/2011 Today, 18 January, offers were sent to 39 companies for 50 new production licences on the Norwegian continental shelf.

  • Agreement signed with Greenland

    14/01/2011 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has signed a framework agreement with the Greenland Bureau of Minerals and Petroleum (BMP) for the exchange of information regarding resource management in the two countries.

  • The shelf 2010 – Petroleum production

    13/01/2011 In total, 229.5 million saleable standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm³ o.e.) were produced in 2010. This is 34.6 million Sm³ o.e. less than in the record year 2004, and a decline of four per cent from 2009.

  • The shelf 2010 – Undiscovered resources

    13/01/2011 The volume of estimated, undiscovered resources on the Norwegian continental shelf has been reduced from 3.3 to 2.6 billion standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm3 o.e.). The largest reduction can be explained by discoveries totalling 400 million Sm3 o.e. since 2006. In addition, estimates have been written down following disappointing exploration results in several important play models, and following new surveys off Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja.

  • The shelf in 2010 – Exploration activities

    13/01/2011 Sixteen new discoveries were made on the Norwegian continental shelf in 2010, 12 fewer than in 2009. A total of 41 exploration wells were completed during the course of the year.

  • The shelf 2010 – Developments

    13/01/2011 During 2010, the authorities approved plans for development and operation (PDOs) for three fields in the North Sea and one in the Norwegian Sea. Many new production platforms are planned, and the activity level in the North Sea will be high.

  • The shelf in 2010 – Investments

    13/01/2011 The petroleum sector experienced a temporary decrease in investments in 2010. It is expected that investments in 2011 will be slightly over the peak year 2009 – approx. NOK 150 billion.

  • The shelf in 2010 – Press releases

    13/01/2011 The activity level on the Norwegian shelf is high, with investments expected to rise in the next few years. In spite of this, we see that more than 50 per cent of the oil remains in the fields. This is a source of concern for the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), which is now calling for tougher measures from the companies to secure these assets.

  • What were the highlights last year – and what are the prospects?

    10/01/2011 On 13 January, NPD Director General Bente Nyland will present facts and key figures from the shelf in 2010. She will also talk about the challenges facing the Norwegian shelf in the next few years.

  • Downtime for NPD’s databases

    06/01/2011 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s data systems will be shut down for maintenance from 16:00 to 18:00 hrs on Friday 7 January.

  • Exploration forecast confirmed

    30/12/2010 During 2010, 45 exploration wells were spudded, and 40 were completed.  Also, two wells have been put on hold, and it is not yet clarified whether they will be spudded before the New Year.

  • Petroleum geology on the agenda

    16/12/2010 There will be a special focus on petroleum geology at the Geological Society of Norway’s (NGF’s) Winter Conference, which will be held in Stavanger on 11-13 January.

  • Maintenance of version 2 of the FactPages

    13/12/2010 On 17 September, version 2 of the FactPages will be updated with new information on wells, e.g. cores and reports.

  • Great interest in the 21st licensing round

    04/11/2010 When the application deadline for the 21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf expired on 3 November, 37 companies had submitted applications.

  • Honoured for chalk effort

    02/11/2010 On behalf of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Danish Energy Agency, Director General Bente Nyland gave special recognition to ConocoPhillips for administering the research programme Joint Chalk Research (JCR) over the last 14 years.

  • Good basis for location of wind farms

    18/10/2010 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate believes that it should be possible to find solutions which take into account both the establishment of wind farms and the petroleum activities' needs on the continental shelf.

  • New topic at the NPD web page

    21/09/2010 Many of the nearly 500 facilities on the Norwegian shelf are approaching the end of their lifetime. In the years to come, several of these will be shut down and removed in a responsible matter.

  • Many companies interested in exploring in mature areas

    16/09/2010 A preliminary count reveals that 41 companies have applied for acreage in the 2010 Awards in Predefined Areas (APA 2010).

  • Gulf of Mexico as compared with the Barents Sea and Lofoten

    15/09/2010 It is highly unlikely that a potential blowout off Lofoten could have a comparable blowout rate as the blowout on the Macondo prospect in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Geo-data reporting - new deadline for comments

    09/09/2010 On 4 June 2010, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) submitted proposed new provisions regarding geo-data reporting and the duty of confidentiality for reported data.

  • Major activity and new field developments in the Sleipner area

    27/08/2010 The Sleipner area in the North Sea is a good example of a mature area on the Norwegian shelf where the APA (Awards in Predefined Areas) system and the introduction of new companies have been a success.

  • Q and A - The Movie

    24/08/2010 The movie Q&A, which has been made especially for the occasion, will be screened in the theatre to the back of the stand three times every hour. The movie has interviews of the NPD’s director general Bente Nyland, Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Riis-Johansen and the PSA’s director general Magne Ognedal.

  • The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate at ONS

    19/08/2010 As always, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is present at the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference, (exhibition and festival) in Stavanger, and as usual, the petroleum authorities can be found sharing a stand under the national coat of arms.

  • High exploration activity on the Norwegian shelf

    26/07/2010 At the end of the first half of 2010 (as of 24 June) 25 exploration wells on the Norwegian shelf had been completed. During the same period last year, 33 exploration wells were drilled.

  • Facts 2010

    29/06/2010 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) are issuing a new facts publication on the Norwegian petroleum activities – Facts 2010.

  • Emissions and discharges from the oil and gas industry in 2009

    17/06/2010 Emissions to air from the petroleum industry declined in 2009. This applies to carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen oxide (NOx) and volatile hydrocarbons, according to the operating companies’ annual emissions reporting. These reports are made in parallel to the Norwegian Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif), the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF) in EnvironmentWeb – a joint database for the authorities and the oil and gas industry.

  • First exploration licence for CO2 on the Norwegian shelf

    14/06/2010 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) has issued Gassnova SF a licence to acquire seismic data with the aim of identifying suitable storage locations for permanent storage of CO2. This is the first time an exploration licence for CO2 has been granted on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Cooperating on CO2 storage

    14/06/2010 In a joint effort, Norwegian and British authorities have investigated the possibility of using the North Sea to store carbon dioxide. The report was submitted on 9 June.    

  • Reporting geo data – hearing

    08/06/2010 In consultation with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has prepared a proposal for new regulations for reporting geo data and confidentiality as regards the data reported.

  • Award presented for seabed technology

    02/06/2010 Today, 2 June, FMC Technologies received the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s 2009 IOR award for outstanding technology development of seabed production systems.

  • The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s 2009 IOR award to FMC Technologies

    02/06/2010 FMC Technologies is the winner of the NPD’s award for improved oil recovery for 2009. The company receives the award for having demonstrated the courage and determination to invest in technology which increases production from seabed wells.

  • Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to present IOR award

    31/05/2010 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s improved oil recovery award for 2009 will be presented during the Norwegian Petroleum Society’s conference in Stavanger on 2 June.

  • New version of the fact pages

    31/05/2010 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has upgraded its fact pages from version 2.0 to version 2.1 beta.

  • Reports – seismic acquisition in the north

    18/05/2010 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has today, 18 May, published 2 comprehensive reports covering the geology, resources and the value of the resources in the waters off Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja.

  • The core store and core viewing room to be closed

    30/04/2010 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s core store and core viewing room in Stavanger will be closed from 7 June until 30 September 2010 due to reconstruction work.

  • Looking into power from land to facilities in the North Sea

    20/04/2010 The possibility of coordinating the power supply to the facilities in the Ekofisk area and the Ula field in the North Sea is being studied.   The result of the process is expected to be available by the end of the year.

  • Petroleum resources off Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja

    16/04/2010 On assignment from the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget), the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has acquired seismic data in the areas off Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja (Nordland VII and Troms II). On Friday, 16 April, the NPD will present its report to Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Riis -Johansen.

  • Seismic report to be presented on 16 April

    14/04/2010 Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Riis-Johansen will receive the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s report from the geological mapping of the Barents Sea – Lofoten area on Friday, 16 April.

  • Amendment proposed to the Resource Management Regulations - consultation

    08/04/2010 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is proposing amendments to the Regulations relating to resource management in the petroleum activities (the Resource Management Regulations).

  • IO conference at the NPD

    23/03/2010 Intelligent fields and integrated operations will be the topics for the Norwegian Petroleum Society’s conference at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate on 11 and 12 May.

  • 2009 IOR award

    10/03/2010 Do you know someone who deserves to receive the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's 2009 award for improved oil recovery – the IOR award?

  • Seismic surveys both increased and reduced fish catches

    02/03/2010 Sound waves from seismic data acquisition resulted in increased catches for some species and smaller catches for others. It appears that pollack may, to some extent, have withdrawn from the area, while other species seem to remain. These are the main results from the research commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and carried out by the Institute of Marine Research during the summer of 2009 on the effects of seismic surveys off Vesterålen.

  • New Guidance Notes for border fields

    01/03/2010 The Norwegian and British authorities have prepared new Guidance Notes with the intention of helping companies through the process of seeking Government approval for the development of trans-boundary fields.

  • APA 2010 - announcement

    19/02/2010 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has today, 19 February, announced the APA 2010. APA 2010  consists of predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

  • Climate Cure 2020

    17/02/2010 Climate Cure 2020 has studied measures for the Norwegian petroleum industry which in total could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents.

  • Better processes on the Norwegian shelf

    16/02/2010 The Government is focused on facilitating good development projects on the Norwegian shelf. These are projects which safeguard environmental considerations and provide good regional ripple effects.

  • 2009 IOR award

    15/02/2010 Do you know someone who deserves to receive the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's 2009 award for improved oil recovery – the IOR award?

  • Enthusiast honoured

    29/01/2010 Principal engineer Leif Hinderaker of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is honoured with the NCS Honor award for his long-standing efforts to promote improved recovery.

  • Carbon storage sites to be identified on the Norwegian shelf

    15/01/2010 Over the next three years, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will identify suitable storage sites for carbon dioxide (CO2) on the Norwegian shelf.

  • The shelf in 2009 - Environment

    15/01/2010 To a large degree, emissions and discharges from petroleum activities are a result of the production. Increased emissions and discharges result from longer distances to the market and extended lifetime for the fields.

  • The shelf in 2009 - Development

    15/01/2010 In 2009, the authorities approved the plans for the development and operation (PDO) of the Goliat oil field in the Barents Sea and the Oselvar oil and gas field in the North Sea. In 2010, as many as seven new development plans may be submitted for approval.

  • The shelf in 2009 - Investments

    15/01/2010 In a year where the financial crisis resulted substantial reductions in incoming orders in several industries, the investments in the petroleum sector remained at a historically high level. In that regard, the petroleum sector was an important buffer for the Norwegian economy in a troubled year for the international economy.

  • The shelf in 2009 – The resource accounts

    15/01/2010 There are no significant changes in the total estimate for the petroleum resources on the Norwegian shelf as of 31 December 2009. The estimate is 13 billion standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm3 o.e.) The accounts show an increase in gross oil reserves of 64 million Sm3.

  • The shelf in 2009 - Petroleum production

    15/01/2010 In total, 238.6 million saleable standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm³ o.e.) were produced in 2009. This is 24.6 million Sm³ o.e. less than in the record year 2004. The figure represents a one per cent decline from 2008, but exceeds the production forecast for 2009.

  • The shelf in 2009 - Exploration

    15/01/2010 Exploration in 2009 – Record activity level

  • The shelf in 2009 - Press releases

    15/01/2010 Oil production continues to fall. Making a determined effort to recover the oil resources from the large fields has become an urgent matter. If the licensees do not make the necessary decisions, profitable resources could be lost.

  • The Norwegian shelf in the fourth quarter of 2009

    15/01/2010 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's report for the fourth quarter of 2009 provides an overview of the oil and gas production, drilling activity, new discoveries and seismic acquisition during the year.

  • The shelf in 2009

    11/01/2010 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate hereby invites you to a press conference about the shelf in 2009 on Friday, 15 January at 0930 hours.

  • Amendments to the petroleum regulations

    31/12/2009 The handling fee for applications relating to production licences, applications relating to exploration licenses and seismic surveys carried out under the aforementioned licenses is amended effective 1 January 2010.

  • Amendments to the Regulations relating to refunding of expenses in connection with regulatory supervision of resource management

    31/12/2009 The Regulations relating to refunding of expenses in connection with regulatory supervision of resource management have been amended, cf. the Amendment Regulations of 14 December 2009 No. 1514.

  • Increase in the CO2 tax for 2010

    31/12/2009 The CO2 tax for 2010 wil be increased from NOK 0.46 to NOK 0.47 per standard cubic metre of gas and from NOK 0.46 to NOK 0.47 per litre oil or condensate. This was resolved by the Storting (Norwegian Parliament) on 27 November 2009.

  • Faulty geology scuppers pioneering project

    17/11/2009 Stratigraphic studies by the NPD in the wake of an oil leak on Tordis in 2008 have shown that the Utsira formation is not present where an injection well was drilled for this North Sea field.

  • New agreement with the NGU

    05/11/2009 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and the Geological Society of Norway (NGU) have entered into a joint venture agreement. Both parties agree to develop the collaboration and joint ventures.

  • Variable startle effects of seismic acquisition on fish

    26/10/2009 In a new report presenting analyses of catch data from Lofoten and Vesterålen in the summer of 2008, the Institute of Marine Research concludes that, with the exception of gillnet fishing for saithe and haddock, there are no documented negative effects from seismic acquisition.

  • Norwegian shelf, 3rd quarter 2009

    20/10/2009 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's report for the third quarter of 2009 provides an overview of oil and gas production, new discoveries, new development plans and drilling activity.

  • Common hunt for suitable CO2 storage

    12/10/2009 Norwegian and British authorities are working together to identify suitable formations under the North Sea where carbon dioxide (CO2) can be stored.

  • Preparing for opening around Jan Mayen

    30/09/2009 The Government has decided to initiate an opening process for petroleum activities around Jan Mayen, with the intention of awarding production licences.

  • ”Victoria” smaller than assumed

    17/09/2009 6506/6-1 (Victoria) in the Norwegian Sea contains less gas than previously assumed.

  • NPD issues the Resource report 2009 in English

    10/09/2009 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's (NPD) resource report is issued every other year. The Resource Report 2009 provides an up-to-date overview of the resources and activities on the Norwegian continental shelf, and highlights important challenges for the Norwegian petroleum activities.

  • New website

    31/08/2009 Welcome to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's new, more user-friendly website, which contains improved fact pages and maps.

  • Status for the research project on the consequences of startle behaviour in fish

    26/08/2009 Representatives of the Institute of Marine Research and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate met in Stavanger on Tuesday, 25 August for a briefing about the progress of the consequential research project Startle behaviour in fish, in connection with the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's seismic data collection in Vesterålen in the summer of 2009.

  • NPD seismic in Troms II completed Sunday, 2 August

    03/08/2009 Press release 50/2009: On Sunday, 2 August, the seismic data acquisition by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) in Troms II, northwest of Senja, was completed. Acquisition will continue for a few more days in Nordland VII in Vesterålen.

  • Norwegian shelf, 2nd quarter 2009

    21/07/2009 Press Release 47/2009: The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's (NPD's) report for the second quarter of 2009 provides an overview of oil and gas production, new discoveries, new development plans and drilling activity. A total of 21 new production licences were awarded in the 20th licensing round on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Seismic survey started

    01/07/2009 Press release 43/2009: The seismic survey vessel Ocean Explorer started acquisition of seismic data north of Senja, on Troms II, at 2230 hours last night. There is little fishery activity in the area and the survey activity is proceeding as planned. Acquisition of seismic data in Vesterålen started two days ago, and is also going as planned so far. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has commissioned the acquisition of seismic data on behalf of the Storting (Norwegian Parliament).

  • The NPD's seismic acquisition activity will start on 29 June

    25/06/2009 Press release 41/2009: Acquisition of 3D seismic data will start in Vesterålen (Nordland VII) with the vessel Geo Pacific. The acquisition activities in Troms II, to be carried out by the Ocean Explorer, will be delayed by a couple of days.

  • Improved notification system for seismic acquisition

    19/06/2009 A new notification system for seismic acquisition activity was put into operation on 19 June 2009.

  • The NPD will not award its IOR Prize for improved oil recovery for 2008

    17/06/2009 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) did not identify any candidates worthy of receiving the IOR prize for 2008. The IOR prize is awarded to fields, companies or individuals that exhibit the courage, willingness and ability to improve oil recovery beyond the statutory expectations.

  • expands the buy-out scheme for fishermen

    16/06/2009 Press release 36/2009: The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has decided to expand the buy-out scheme in connection with this summer's seismic data acquistion activity at Nordland VII and Troms II. The original scheme, which included regular use of lines and nets, is expanded to also include Danish seine and hand-lines. The buy-out scheme includes active fishermen who have delivered catches from the seismic acquistion areas in question on Nordland VII and Troms II from 28 June to 10 August.

  • NPD's Fact-pages and Factmaps - new releases June 2009

    15/06/2009 Version 2 of the Fact-pages are now available in Beta version. The Factmaps are also updated with more information.

  • Emissions/discharges from the oil and gas industry in 2008

    10/06/2009 Press release 32/2009: There was a reduction in the petroleum industry's discharges of environmentally harmful chemicals to sea in 2008. Emissions of volatile hydrocarbons were also reduced, while carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were somewhat higher. This is primarily due to a new calculation model for emissions from flaring. The number of acute spills has stabilized at a level that is still too high.

  • Norwegian shelf - 1st quarter 2009

    28/05/2009 Press Release 31/2009The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's report for the first quarter of 2009 provides an overview of oil and gas production, new discoveries, new development plans and drilling activity.

  • Regulatory seminar on seismic

    29/04/2009 On Wednesday, 20 May, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is inviting representatives of licensees and seismic companies to attend a seminar on regulations, procedures and good coexistence in connection with seismic data acquisition on the Norwegian continental shelf.

  • Historic course starts

    23/02/2009 23 february marks the beginning of the first course for fishery experts used in connection with acquisition of seismic data on the Norwegian shelf. This makes the 26 participants at the first course being held in Bergen a little part of history themselves.

  • The IOR award – nominate candidates by 1 March

    19/02/2009 The final deadline for nominating candidates for the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's 2008 award for improved oil recovery is 1 March.

  • New courses for fishery experts on seismic vessels

    09/02/2009 The response to the course offered for fishery experts on seismic vessels has been overwhelming and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and the Directorate of Fisheries are scheduling more courses than originally planned.

  • Norwegian Petroleum Directorate positive to APA

    29/01/2009 In a consultation submission to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) concludes that the system of awards in predefined areas (APA) should continue.

  • Jan Mayen on the exploration map

    22/01/2009 On 22 January 2009, the authorities in Iceland will announce their first licensing round for oil and gas activities on the Jan Mayen Ridge, which lies between Norway and Iceland.

  • New course popular with fishery experts

    16/01/2009 There has been a huge response to first course for fishery experts on seismic survey vessels. The course is organised by the NPD and the Directorate of Fisheries. 117 fishery experts have registered for the course.

  • Environmental targets offshore should include radioactivity

    15/01/2009 Radioactivity should be included in the goal of zero discharges of oil and environmentally hazardous substances to sea from the petroleum activities. Measures should be considered to prevent discharges of produced water and cuttings/drilling fluid from certain oil and gas fields, but no new general requirements should be introduced.

  • Candidates for the 2008 IOR award

    14/01/2009 Do you know someone who deserves to receive the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's 2008 award for improved oil recovery – the IOR award?

  • The shelf in 2008 - Petroleum production

    09/01/2009 A total of 242.2 million marketable standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm³ o.e.) were produced in 2008. This is 21.8 million Sm³ o.e. less than in the record year 2004 and a small increase from 2007.

  • The shelf in 2008

    08/01/2009 Press release 1/2009

  • The shelf in 2008 - Seismic acquisition in Nordland VII and Troms II

    08/01/2009 In 2008, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) acquired approximately 12 000 kilometres of 2D seismic data and 700 square kilometres of 3D seismic data in the Nordland VII and Troms II areas. The acquisition of seismic data started in the summer of 2007 and will be concluded in the summer of 2009. This activity is carried out on assignment from the Norwegian Government.

  • The shelf in 2008 - Environment

    08/01/2009 Emissions and discharges from the petroleum activities largely follow production volumes. Increased emissions and discharges occur as a consequence of longer distances to the market, tail production and extended field lifetime.

  • The shelf in 2008 - Coexistence

    08/01/2009 During the last couple of years we have seen a growing level of conflict between seismic acquisition activities and the fishery industry. This is largely due to an increase in seismic data acquisition as a consequence of a generally higher level of petroleum activity.

  • The shelf in 2008 - New players

    08/01/2009 Eight new companies were pre-qualified as licensees or operators on the Norwegian shelf in 2008. An additional 15 companies are currently being evaluated.

  • The shelf in 2008 - Developments

    08/01/2009 During 2008, the authorities approved plans for development and operation (PDOs) for Yttergryta and Morvin in the Norwegian Sea. In 2009, as many as ten new development plans may be submitted to the authorities for approval.

  • The shelf in 2008 - Investments

    08/01/2009 The high price of oil in 2008 led to a considerable increase in both activity and cost levels on the Norwegian shelf. Investments, including investments in exploration activities, showed a continued growth in relation to previous years. The NPD’s preliminary estimate is in excess of 130 bill. NOK.

  • The shelf in 2008 - exploration activity

    08/01/2009 56 exploration wells were spudded on the Norwegian continental shelf in 2008. This is a record high, and an increase of 24 exploration wells compared with 2007. 25 new discoveries were made in 2008. Of the 56 exploration wells, 42 were wildcat wells and 14 were appraisal wells. 49 exploration wells were completed.

  • The shelf in 2008 - Resource accounts

    08/01/2009 There is no significant change in the in the overall estimate for petroleum resources on the Norwegian shelf as of 31 December 2008. The estimate is 13 billion standard cubic metres of oil equivalents (Sm³ o.e.).

  • Press conference - the shelf in 2008

    06/01/2009 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will hold a press conference on the shelf in 2008 at 09.00 hours on 8 January 2009. The press conference will take place in the NPD's offices in Stavanger.

  • Specialist in conflict resolution

    12/12/2008 Seismic survey ships and fishing vessels may operate in the same waters but have no need to create a lot of racket for that reason, says Bjørn Nornes. He is the most experienced fishery expert on the NCS.

  • NPD to participate in the Climate Cure

    05/12/2008 The NPD (Norwegian Petroleum Directorate) is participating in Climate Cure 2020 (Klimakur 2020) – a process aimed at showing what Norway can do to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 15-17 million tonnes by 2020.

  • Working on the management plan for the Norwegian Sea

    03/12/2008 A comprehensive management plan will be a good tool for sustainable management of the Norwegian Sea in the future. The Ministry of the Environment plans to submit a White Paper on this topic in the spring of 2009.

  • IEA (International Energy Agency) releases its annual perspective survey, World Energy Outlook 2008

    18/11/2008 One of the conclusions is that falling oil production from the world's large oil fields is accelerating because of a lack of adequate measures.

  • More focus on improved oil recovery

    12/11/2008 Oil production from the Norwegian shelf is declining – while demand continues to grow in global oil markets. We must extract more oil from the fields in operation to offset this trend.

  • Spring Energy wants to go exploring

    07/11/2008 Bente Flakstad Vold, Vegard Gunleiksrud and their colleagues in Spring Energy have been working intensively to complete their applications for the 20th licensing round.

  • Acquisition of 3D seismic data in the summer of 2009

    09/10/2008 The Government has proposed an allocation of NOK 200 million for the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's geological mapping activities in Nordland VII and Troms II in 2009. The conclusion of the three-year mapping program will provide new information about the resources in the area, and improve the decision basis for the updated comprehensive management plan in 2010.

  • Seismic acquisition on the Norwegian shelf – the NPD's role in the process

    06/10/2008 Permission to carry out surveys on the Norwegian continental shelf can be granted in accordance with an exploration permit or within a production licence, cf. Sections 2-1 and 3-3 of the Petroleum Act.

  • The NPD's acquisition of seismic data completed on 14 September

    15/09/2008 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's 2008 acquisition of seismic data outside Lofoten, Vesterålen and Troms has now been completed.  The 2D seismic acquisition, which got underway on 25 May, was completed at midnight on 14 September, while the 3D seismic acquisition was carried out during the period from 3-31 July.

  • Seismic survey of potential carbondioxide storage site

    05/09/2008 Press release 48/2008: A seismic survey of the subsurface has been initiated at the Troll field in the North Sea to determine whether the site is suitable for storage of large volumes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from carbon capture facilities at the industrial plants at Mongstad and Kårstø.

  • Recovering from a problem

    29/08/2008 Plans to build a gas-fired power station at the Mongstad refinery in western Norway were given the go-ahead in October. This scheme includes the world’s first full-scale carbon dioxide capture plant, due to be fully opera­tional by 2014 with partial government funding. Although no decision has yet been taken, the captured carbon dioxide could help to improve offshore oil recovery.

  • The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate adheres to the law

    29/08/2008 This summer, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has acquired seismic data in the areas outside of Lofoten and Vesterålen. This acquisition of seismic data is in line with the regulations and takes place in accordance with a resolution by the Storting (Norwegian Parliament).

  • Signing of Russo-Norwegian cooperation agreement

    11/08/2008 At Wednesday 6 August the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and the Russian Federal Agency of Mineral Resources (Rosnedra), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

  • Acquisition of 3D seismic data completed

    01/08/2008 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s acquisition of 3D seismic data in the Troms II area was completed on 31 July as planned.

  • Acquisition of 3D seismic data underway

    03/07/2008 The seismic vessel Atlantic Explorer has started the acquisition of 3D seismic data in Troms II.  The preparation of the equipment was quickly completed and the vessel therefore got started at midnight, a few hours earlier ahead of schedule. The acquisition program will last until 31 July.

  • NPD's 3D seismic to start at the beginning of July and conclude on 31 July

    27/06/2008 The NPD's acquisition of 3D seismic in Troms II will start at the beginning of July. The seismic data acquisition in the area was originally scheduled to start on 24 June, but was postponed due to a fire in the engine room on board the seismic vessel Atlantic Explorer, which was to carry out the acquisition of seismic data.

  • Seismic data acquisition postponed for a few days

    20/05/2008 The NPD's seismic data acquisition has been postponed for at least a few days due to technical problems with the seismic equipment. An engineer will be taken to the BOS Atlantic to examine the equipment.

  • New members of NPD management

    06/05/2008 Three new directors have joined Bente Nyland in the NPD’s management. At the same time five directors have rotated out of management.

  • Lack of rigs a bottleneck

    28/04/2008 A tight rig market curbs increased activities on the Norwegian shelf beyond the 14 exploration wells spudded this year. The result is six small or medium-sized discoveries.

  • Information meetings on this summer's seismic survey activity

    10/04/2008 During the course of this week and next week, representatives from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will hold information meetings in Vesterålen, Lofoten and on Senja regarding this summer's seismic data acquisition off Lofoten and Vesterålen.

  • NPD seismic survey activity – summer 2008

    03/04/2008 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will commence acquisition of 2D seismic data in Nordland VII and in Troms II outside of Lofoten and Vesterålen around 15 May.

  • The Shelf in 2007

    14/01/2008 Press release 5/2008: Gas production has increased in 2007.  As expected, oil production is somewhat lower than in the previous year.  32 exploration wells were spudded in 2007, up from 26 in 2006. Twelve new discoveries were made, most of which appear to be fairly small.  The shelf is characterized by vigorous activity and continued growth in total investment costs. The Shelf in 2007 contains facts from the past year as well as forecasts for the upcoming five-year period.

  • The shelf in 2007 – Environment

    14/01/2008 Emissions and discharges from the petroleum activities largely follow production volumes. Increased emissions and discharges occur as a consequence of longer distances to the market, tail production and extended field lifetime.

  • The shelf in 2007 – Seismic

    14/01/2008 In 2007, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate collected 2617 kilometres of seismic data in the Nordland VII and Troms II areas. Data acquisition will continue in the summer of 2008.

  • The shelf in 2007 - The resource accounts (preliminary figures as of 31 December 2007)

    14/01/2008 There is no significant change in the overall estimate for petroleum resources on the Norwegian shelf as of 31 December 2007. The estimate is 13 billion Sm3 o.e. The accounts show relatively good growth from exploration activity and an increase in gross reserves.

  • The shelf in 2007 - Exploration

    14/01/2008 32 exploration wells were spudded in 2007, of which 20 were wildcat wells and 12 were appraisal wells. 33 exploration wells have been completed. In 2006 the NPD expected around 30 exploration wells to be spudded. The NPD believes that the high exploration activity will continue in 2008.

  • The shelf in 2007 - New players

    14/01/2008 A total of 13 new companies were pre-qualified as licensees or operators on the Norwegian shelf in 2007.  14 companies are currently being considered.

  • The shelf in 2007 - Developments

    14/01/2008 During the course of 2007, 8 plans for development and operation (PDO) were approved for 9 new deposits.  Around 10 PDOs are expected to be submitted to the authorities in 2008.

  • The shelf in 2007 – Investments

    14/01/2008 The activity level on the Norwegian shelf is high.  Higher oil prices have led to significant increases in both activity and cost levels.  Continued growth in total investment costs is expected.

  • The shelf in 2007 - Petroleum production

    14/01/2008 A total of 237.8 million standard cubic metres (Sm³) marketable oil equivalents (o.e.) were produced in 2007.  This is 26.2 million Sm³ o.e. less than in the record year 2004.

  • Weak rocks demand strong solutions

    08/01/2008 Personnel from three North Sea fields were flown ashore this autumn following forecasts of high waves and hurricane winds. That reflects fears aroused by seabed subsidence in the wake of oil and gas production.

  • Area of concern

    06/01/2008 The NPD is keeping a close eye on the process of choosing a solution for Goliat. As the first Barents Sea oil project, the field could set a standard for further development in these waters.

  • Bente Nyland named new director general

    21/12/2007 Today, the King in Council confirmed that acting director general Bente Nyland will be the new director general of the NPD. With Nyland, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will have a geologist at the helm.

  • Action needed to stem decline

    20/12/2007 Producing fields on the Norwegian continental shelf will remain very important for value creation by the petroleum industry for many years to come. But maintaining output is not a matter of course.

  • In foreign hands

    20/12/2007 Norway’s domestic labour force is too small, but fabricator Aker Kvaerner Egersund south of Stavanger has solved the problem by going abroad for more workers.

  • Searching for better times

    20/12/2007 Analyses by the NPD show that the amount spent by the oil industry to drill 23 exploration wells on the Norwegian continental shelf in 2006 bought 50 such operations a decade earlier, in 1997.

  • Dependent on labour from abroad

    20/12/2007 Norway’s petroleum business could not have managed without immigrant labour, maintains Knut Aaneland, head of the oil and gas section at the Federation of Norwegian Industries.

  • Piaf in brief

    20/12/2007

  • Bit of a problem

    20/12/2007 Drilling efficiency on the Norwegian continental shelf has fallen sharply in recent years. The industry has failed to take adequate account of greater well complexity and risk, claims Morten Mauritzen at ExxonMobil.

  • Get talking

    17/12/2007 Public discussion of the oil industry in Norway is far too limited, believes Åslaug Haga. In her first three months as petroleum and energy minister, she has done her best to liven up the debate.

  • Taking a long view

    17/12/2007 China is set to become the world’s largest energy consumer over the next five years, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Chinese and Indian growth will make a strong contribution to boosting demand by about 50 per cent up to 2030.

  • Licence to assess

    17/12/2007 Expectations are high ahead of the imminent conclusion to the awards in predefined areas (APA) process for 2007. For the NPD, three considerations are crucial in allocating licence interests among a record number of applicants: quality, quality and quality.

  • Assistance with learning

    14/12/2007 Participants in the Petroleum Administration (Petrad) foundation's eight-week courses in Stavanger this autumn have taken new expertise home with them. We talked to three of the students.

  • Exploration activity on the rise in 2007

    07/12/2007 At the end of November, 31 exploration wells had been spudded on the Norwegian shelf.  In comparison, only 26 exploration wells were spudded in all of 2006.  The explanation for this increase lies in better access to exploration rigs.

  • Cooperating with the USGS

    06/12/2007 This week, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has been visited by geologists from the US Geological Survey (USGS) for the purpose of discussing methods to calculate petroleum resources in the Arctic Zone.

  • Probing the secrets of the northern deeps

    11/11/2007 Learning more about the geology of the far north could help to solve the big question being asked in both Norway and Russia - how much oil and gas might lie beneath the vast Arctic seas.

  • Haga opened seminar on challenges on producing fields

    02/11/2007 On Thursday, 1 November, Minister of Petroleum and Energy Åslaug Haga opened the industry seminar "Challenges on producing fields" in Oslo.

  • New measuring method for oil introduced

    01/11/2007 EU has introduced a new directive for measuring instruments. The new directive will be important  for measurement of fluids in the petroleum industry.

  • Problem-solving with profit

    30/10/2007 A project which began by looking at methods for carbon storage could also yield a simple answer to recovering methane from the ice-like substances known as hydrates.

  • Carbon containment in the spotlight

    29/10/2007 The Norwegian continental shelf offers opportunities for storing carbon dioxide, according to a report for the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) by Gassnova, Gassco and the NPD.

  • Storing up benefits

    26/10/2007 Carbon storage could help to solve the world’s climate problems. But establishing this industry is a matter of urgency, believes Danish scientist Niels Peter Christensen.

  • Stability carries a cost

    25/10/2007 If every greenhouse gas emitter in the world paid a price for such emissions equivalent to the carbon tax levied on the Norwegian continental shelf, the climate challenge would have been considerably smaller.

  • Taking a long view in the far north

    22/10/2007 The Arctic will become increasingly important, not least because of oil and gas, believes Norwegian foreign minister Johan Gahr Støre. But Norway will not be planting a flag at the North Pole.

  • Calculating future oil and gas

    19/10/2007 A key job for the NPD is to assess how much petroleum remains to be found on the Norwegian continental shelf. This estimate has been unchanged since 2003, despite discoveries made since then.

  • Troll Further Development stopped

    19/10/2007 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy will not approve the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Troll Further Development (TFD). This is stated in a letter from the Ministry to the Troll licensees dated 18 October 2007.

  • Full speed ahead

    17/10/2007 The level of activity is high, exploration acreage is plentiful, many discoveries are made and environmental considerations impose few constraints.

  • Techno lab

    17/10/2007 The supply of new exploration acreage is good. Oil and gas prices are high, which sustains exploration activity and production.

  • Sorry, we’re closed

    17/10/2007 Activity is low. Norway adopts its own stringent environmental measures because no international agreement has been reached on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Blood, sweat and tears

    17/10/2007 Oil prices are high in this scenario. That creates great activity and good availability of acreage. But exploration results are disappointing.

  • Drivers

    17/10/2007 Drivers are the building blocks for these scenarios.

  • Telling tales about tomorrow

    17/10/2007 More than 40 years have passed since the first well was drilled on the Norwegian continental shelf, and the question is whether Norway will remain an oil and gas nation four decades from now. Scenarios can help to raise awareness about factors influencing developments on the NCS.

  • Petrad-course - 44 participants from 36 countries

    17/10/2007 The opening of the Petrad foundation course “Petroleum Policy and Resource Management” took place at the premises of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) in Stavanger on Monday, 15. October.

  • Cooperation agreement between the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Institute of Marine Research

    11/10/2007 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) and the Institute of Marine Research (HI) are working on public tasks within related disciplines as regards international aid efforts. The cooperation agreement aims to contribute to develop joint projects for the benefit of the recipients.

  • The NPD strengthened in connection with merger

    05/10/2007 The Government has proposed an increase in the allocation to the petroleum authorities of approx. NOK 50 million in 2008. This is to ensure that the authorities possess the necessary competence and capacity to follow up the activities on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Maintain oil and gas estimates

    24/09/2007 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate believes there are between 1.6 and 5.8 billion standard cubic meters (Sm3) oil equivalents (o.e.) oil, gas, condensate and NGL (Natural Gas Liquids) left to find on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Helping Nigeria to reduce gas flaring

    17/09/2007 Flaring gas results in significant emissions of carbon dioxide. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is advising the oil authorities in Nigeria on how to reduce gas burning.

  • New study of pressure development around Troll

    13/09/2007 A study initiated by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) shows that production on the Troll field has consequences for the areas surrounding the field.

  • NPD receives positive feedback in user survey

    23/08/2007 Statskonsult has, on assignment from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), conducted a survey to find out what important players in the NPD's sphere actually think about the NPD.

  • New study of power from land

    09/07/2007 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is to lead the work to study the possibility of supplying the petroleum facilities on the shelf with power from land.

  • Geologist to lead the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

    27/06/2007 With Bente Nyland the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will have a geologist as its leader.  For a number of years, Nyland has been responsible for undiscovered resources, exploration of new areas, new players on the Norwegian shelf and the work on licensing rounds.

  • NPD employee elected to the Continental Shelf Commission in New York

    20/06/2007 Senior geologist Harald Brekke in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has been re-elected to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.

  • From top to bottom

    15/06/2007 Work on the environment is an important part of the NPD’s duties. Now its database is being used to help improve know-how about Norwegian coastal and sea areas.

  • Drinking deep in east Africa

    15/06/2007 Petroleum geologists from the NPD have helped to find potable water at a depth of 600 metres in Tanzania. The seismic data suggest that large volumes are available.

  • Start-up of seismic data acquisition

    15/06/2007 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will start acquiring 2D seismic data in Nordland VII and Troms II outside of Lofoten and Vesterålen around 29 June 2007.

  • NPD receives positive mention in Norad report

    05/06/2007 A comprehensive evaluation of Norwegian oil assistance gives positive mention to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).  The report also provides suggestions for improvements.

  • First oil from Enoch

    01/06/2007 On 31 May, production commenced from Enoch, a border field in the North Sea.  This is the first field to be developed after the framework agreement regarding cross-border petroleum cooperation was signed by the British and Norwegian authorities in 2005.

  • Norway to provide assistance to Madagascar

    29/05/2007 Over the next five years, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will be assisting Madagascar in establishing a reliable petroleum management. For Turid Øygard this means that she will soon be moving from Stavanger to Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

  • New brooms sweep cleaner

    07/05/2007 A growing number of incomers on the NCS aim to improve the recovery of its oil and gas resources. After securing major licence awards in recent years, several of these companies are poised to spud exploration wells.

  • Verification of oil metering

    07/05/2007 All petroleum that is produced and exported from the Norwegian shelf is metered in connection with purchase, sale and calculation of taxes and fees.  The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate supervises this metering.  This summer, the accuracy of water content analyses of the oil will be checked and verified.

  • Gunnar Berge: Electrification of the Shelf

    02/05/2007 As a solution for reducing Norway's CO2 emissions, removing power plants from the shelf and replacing them with energy from land is neither simple nor cheap, writes director general Gunnar Berge.

  • Commitment at home and abroad

    30/04/2007 Merging Statoil and Hydro’s petroleum business will benefit the international involvement of the new company, since size is significant in this business. But any reduction in activity on the NCS would be a very poor socio-economic outcome for Norway.

  • A good layer of oil

    10/04/2007 It was lost when the gas was produced at the Frigg field, it has become a goldmine at Troll and a decision is eagerly awaited at Snøhvit. Thin oil zones have become a challenge.

  • Oil of development

    06/04/2007 The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has joined the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance and the Environment to help developing countries with petroleum administration and good governance. This Oil for Development commitment involves financial support in the shape an additional annual appropriation of NOK 50 million for five years from 2006. Strengthening bilateral assistance to countries which want Norwegian oil and gas expertise is supplemented by an emphasis on good governance and transparency in petroleum administration. With a wide scope, the programme covers such issues as resource and revenues management, environmental considerations and business development. Specialist and administrative bodies with relevant expertise and experience, such as the NPD, Petrad and Intsok, will be brought into the work. Coordination rests with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

  • Allies in the Arctic

    09/03/2007 The continental shelf around Norway and northern Russia is unique in the world, with favourable conditions for studying the development and motion of the geological plates.

  • Oil veterans look back

    02/03/2007 Forty years have passed since the first well was drilled on the Norwegian continental shelf. Four key pioneers from the industry ministry's oil office - forerunner of today's petroleum and energy ministry - got together recently to celebrate the anniversary.

  • Slipping into the lead

    23/02/2007 The chance of more landslides around the Ormen Lange gas field in the Norwegian Sea has been extensively studied, giving researchers in Norway world-class expertise in this area.

  • 15 million metres of wellbore drilled

    26/01/2007 From 1966 up to and including 2006, 15 million metres of wellbore (exploration and production wells) have been drilled on the Norwegian continental shelf, according to new statistics from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

  • Oil lubricates northern progress

    25/01/2007 Petroleum activities could be the engine for economic development in northern Norway, argues Jarle Aarbakke. He heads the Norwegian government's committee of experts on the far north.

  • The NPD's IOR prize 2006 goes to Baker Hughes and Halliburton

    23/01/2007 This year, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is acknowledging the commitment made by the Norwegian supplier industry towards increased value creation on the Norwegian shelf, not least in research and development.  The IOR prize 2006 is awarded to both Baker Hughes and Halliburton for progressive development and application of advanced drilling and well solutions.

  • Offshore oracles

    08/01/2007 The recipe for good forecasting is straightforward enough. Enter qualitycontrolled data in simple but well-defined reporting systems. Use advanced technical aids, and blend with a portion of historical understanding and another portion of the ability to predict possible futures. Mix well in a big portfolio assessment and test the results. And learn from your mistakes.

  • The Shelf in 2006 - Continued commitment to integrated operations/e-operations

    05/01/2007 The petroleum industry is well underway in the implementation of integrated operations.  The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will continue its commitment to the e-driftforum (Integrated Operations Forum) and be a driving force in those areas where there the activity is insufficient.

  • The Shelf in 2006 - New boundaries for the Norwegian shelf

    05/01/2007 The UN to establish new outer boundaries for the Norwegian continental shelf in 2007.

  • The Shelf in 2006 - Data acquisition in Nordland VII and Troms II

    05/01/2007 In 2007, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will spend NOK 70 million on acquring data in the waters off Lofoten and in the Barents Sea.

  • The shelf in 2006 - Resource accounts (preliminary figures as of 31 December 2006)

    05/01/2007 There has been no significant change in the overall estimate of petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf as of 31 December 2006.  The estimate is 13 GSm3 o.e. The accounts show a limited addition of new resources from exploration and zero growth as regards gross reserves; in fact, there has been a small downward adjustment of gross oil reserves (-16 Msm3).  On the more positive side, a number of projects have matured, and new projects have been initiated on fields.

  • The Shelf in 2006 - Exploration activity

    05/01/2007 26 exploration wells were spudded in 2006, of which 17 were wildcat wells and nine were appraisal wells.  23 exploration wells have been completed.  The number of exploration wells doubled as compared with 2005; however, fewer wells were drilled than planned, largely as a result of the drilling rig shortage.

  • The shelf in 2006 - New players

    05/01/2007 A total of 16 new companies were pre-qualified as licensees or operators on the Norwegian shelf in 2006.  Another ten companies were being evaluated at year-end.

  • The shelf in 2006 - Petroleum production

    05/01/2007 A total of 248 million Sm³ marketable oil equivalents (o.e.) were produced in 2006. This is 16 million Sm³ o.e. less than in the record year 2004.  One new field, Ringhorne Øst, commenced production during the year.  An additional six new fields are expected to start producing in 2007; Alvheim, Blane, Enoch, Ormen Lange, Snøhvit and Vilje.

  • The shelf in 2006 - Activity level

    05/01/2007 We are currently experiencing a period of vigorous activity on the Norwegian shelf.  Higher oil prices have brought significant increases in both activity level and costs.  Investment trend prognoses up to 2011 indicate that activity will remain high.  A number of modification and improved recovery projects on producing fields (Ekofisk, Eldfisk, Snorre, Troll oil and Valhall), together with new developments (35/9-1 Gjøa and 6507/5-1 Skarv), contribute to the vigorous activity.

  • The shelf in 2006

    05/01/2007 Press release 1/2007: Gas production on the Norwegian shelf in 2006 reached record levels, while oil production was lower than expected.  26 exploration wells were spudded in 2006, which is twice as many as in the previous year.  However, only four discoveries were made.  The shelf is otherwise characterized by a shortage of rigs and increasing prices.  The shelf in 2006 contains facts from the year that has passed, as well as the outlook for the next five-year period.

  • The Royal Decree relating to changes in the Petroleum Regulations was adopted by the Cabinet on Friday, 22 December

    03/01/2007 The changes entail that a fee of NOK 60,000 must be paid per survey permit per calendar year and NOK 100,000 per production license application.

  • Oiling a better life

    21/12/2006 A number of poor countries are rich in petroleum. New approaches to development assistance could help their inhabitants to share in the wealth offered by these resources, believes Erik Solheim, Norway’s minister for international development.

  • Resourceful guest

    21/12/2006 The petroleum business could help to lift Mozambique out of poverty, believes Esperanca Laurinda Bias, its minister for mineral resources. So revenues from the industry must benefit the whole population.

  • Expands cooperation with Madagascar

    13/12/2006 Madagascar will be a key partner country in Norwegian development policy through the Oil for Development Initiative. The petroleum industry in the country is in its initial phase, and seismic data interpretation has taken place at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

  • New boundaries set for the Norwegian shelf

    27/11/2006 The UN will set new boundaries for the Norwegian continental shelf in 2007.

  • The authorities want to speed up exploration

    16/11/2006 The rules relating to area fees will be changed as of 1 January. The purpose is to ensure activity in production licences on the Norwegian continental shelf which today lie "fallow".

  • Traveller in time

    16/10/2006 The first well on the NCS was spudded by Esso 40 years ago from the Ocean Traveler rig. In 1966, specialists had to be fetched from abroad to teach the Norwegians about oil. Tom Pogue was one of them.

  • Written in the rocks

    10/10/2006 Thick sedimentary sequences exposed to view make the far northern Svalbard islands a veritable archive for petroleum geologists. They provide significant help in the hunt for oil and gas deposits on the NCS.

  • Minerals in the petroleum industry: Barytes.

    10/10/2006 As the main component in the "mud" used to keep well pressure in balance, barytes - or barium sulphate - has a heavyweight role to play in the oil and gas business.

  • Volcanic Treasure Hunt

    26/09/2006 The Earth’s crust split apart between Norway and Greenland more than 50 million years ago. Huge quantities of lava spread in thick layers across several hundred square kilometres of seabed, and left today’s geologists with a big headache.

  • RNB2006 – Continued high production

    12/05/2006 The revised national budget (RNB) contains an expectation of continued high production of oil and gas.  The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's forecasts have been used in these estimates.

  • The Shelf in 2005 - Integrated Operations

    02/05/2006 Integrated Operations, or eOperations, means implementing new forms of operation.  These new forms are based on ICT solutions including use of (near) real-time data to integrate work processes between disciplines, offshore, land and different organizations.  The purpose of this is to achieve faster, better decisions.

  • Short measures on land

    28/03/2006 The world’s coal deposits far outstrip its petroleum resources, and are mined on every continent. Norway also has a share of this fuel – but only under the sea.

  • Analysis of NOx measures

    03/03/2006 A new report from the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, shows what measures can be implemented in order for Norway to meet its NOx obligations under the Gothenburg Protocol by 2010.

  • Geology: Getting the past to scale

    16/01/2006 The history of the Earth can be described along a time line which illustrates the period from the Big Bang until the present day. If this line is made 14 metres long, each millimetre will correspond to a million years.

  • The Shelf in 2005 - External environment

    12/01/2006 During 2005 the NPD contributed to a series of different projects concerning external environment.

  • The Shelf in 2005 - Resource accounts (preliminary figures as of 31 December 2005)

    12/01/2006 There has been no significant change in the total estimate of petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf as of 31 December 2005.  However, there has been a substantial maturing of the resources on the shelf.

  • The Shelf in 2005 - Exploration activities

    12/01/2006 Twelve exploration wells were spudded in 2005, of which nine are wildcat wells and three are appraisal wells.  Six new discoveries were made, three in the North Sea and three in the Norwegian Sea.

  • The Shelf in 2005 - Award of area

    12/01/2006 During 2005, the companies on the Norwegian shelf were offered 45 new production licences.  These were awards in predefined areas (APA).  Also, in the autumn of 2005 the application deadline for production licences offered in the 19th licensing round expired.

  • The Shelf in 2005 - New players

    12/01/2006 A total of nine new companies were pre-qualified during 2005 as licensees or operators on the Norwegian shelf.  At year-end, another ten companies were under consideration.

  • The Shelf in 2005 - Activity level

    12/01/2006 Investments made in 2005 are estimated at nearly NOK 83 billion (2005), excluding exploration costs.  This is NOK 16 billion more than the previous year. As regards 2006, investments excluding exploration costs are estimated at NOK 81 million.  In addition, we estimate that NOK 12 billion will be spent in connection with exploration.

  • The Shelf in 2005 - Petroleum production

    12/01/2006 A total of 257 million marketable Sm3 oil equivalents were produced in i 2005.  This is 6 million Sm3 o.e. less than the record year, 2004.

  • The Shelf in 2005

    12/01/2006 Press release no. 2/2006:  2005 brought another record production of gas from the Norwegian continental shelf. Oil production was lower than expected. The exploration results were good in spite of few exploration wells, yielding discoveries in new areas as well as discoveries with new plays in mature areas. The Shelf in 2005 contains facts from the year that has passed and prospects for the coming five-year period.

  • Tre hoder over ett Troll

    24/11/2005 Tre gigantiske hoder i stål og betong rager over vannet vest av Øygarden utenfor Bergen. De pleier og produserer olje og gass fra det suverent største feltet på norsk sokkel: Troll.

  • Living with hydrocarbons

    21/10/2005 The rain patters on the asphalt, making a waterproof jacket welcome. A bus stands waiting. A fleece provides extra warmth - on yet another petroleum day.

  • New shallow drilling activities in the Barents Sea north

    17/08/2005 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will this autumn be conducting several shallow stratigraphic drilling activities in the Barents Sea north to gain more knowledge of the resource potential of the area.

  • Delimiting the shelf

    12/08/2005 The water depth in the Arctic Ocean determines the size of the Norwegian continental shelf. In September the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) heads north in order to determine the outer limits of the shelf.

  • A geologist's paradise

    11/03/2005 The geological  archives of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate hold sand, gravel and clay from 3000 km of drilling on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Twenty seismic surveys were carried out on the Norwegian shelf in 2004.

    25/02/2005 A total of more than 500,000 line kilometers were shot. This is 170,000 km more than in 2003, but about the same volume as in 2002. There were no seismic surveys north of Lofoten in 2004.

  • The shelf in 2004 - External environment

    14/01/2005 During 2004 the NPD contributed to a series of different projects concerning external environment.

  • The shelf in 2004 - Stable resources

    14/01/2005 There is no change in the overall estimate of petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf as of 31 December 2004 compared to last year’s account. However, there has been a considerable maturing of the offshore resources.

  • The shelf in 2004 - Activity level

    14/01/2005 There is a high activity level on the Norwegian continental shelf. This level is mainly associated with investements in major field developments such as Ormen Lange and Snøhvit. Contributing to the level of activity are also invesments in improved recovery projects, plans for development and operations and a number of small discoveries.

  • The shelf in 2004 - Petroleum production

    14/01/2005 Production of marketable petroleum reached a new peak in 2004, with a total of 263 million marketable Sm3 oil equivalents being produced. This is 1 million Sm3 o.e. more than the record year 2003.

  • The shelf in 2004

    14/01/2005 Press release 1/2005 - Petroleum production from the Norwegian continental shelf reached an all time high in 2004. The activity level is also high, with a number of new projects and field developments under way.

  • The shelf in 2004 - Seven new companies

    22/12/2004 The companies Wintershall, Noble Energy and Centrica are the latest of a total of seven new players pre-qualified by the authorities in 2004 as licensees or operators on the Norwegian shelf.

  • Increased recovery from subsea wells

    17/09/2004 Increased recovery from subsea wells - that is the main challenge for subsea technology on the shelf. This was one of the messages Director General Gunnar Berge gave when he held the opening at a large international conference concerning subsea technology in Bergen today.

  • The shelf in 2003 - 18th Licensing Round Announcement

    09/09/2004 Unexplored areas of the Norwegian Continental Shelf are still considered to hold major undiscovered hydrocarbon resources, with significant discoveries yet to be encountered. The 18th Licensing Round shall contribute to a long-term developmental course for the petroleum industry, as well as to revitalize exploration efforts on the shelf.

  • Cold opportunities

    31/08/2004 A quarter of the world's total undiscovered petroleum resources could lie in the Arctic. But the question is how much oil and gas it will be possible to produce in these far northern regions.

  • The shelf in 2003

    14/01/2004 From the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's (NPD's) point of view, petroleum activities in Norway in 2003 showed a more positive trend than was expected at the beginning of the year.

  • The shelf in 2003 - New players

    14/01/2004 In the course of 2003 nine companies were prequalified as operators or licensees on the Norwegian shelf.

  • The shelf in 2003 - Resource accounts - increase in total resources

    14/01/2004 The total resources on the Norwegian shelf seem to have increased in the course of 2003.

  • The shelf in 2003 - High investment level

    14/01/2004 Substantial investments are still being made on the Norwegian shelf. It seems investments in 2003 will be NOK 62 billion, excluding exploration expenses. There is every indication that the investment level will increase also in the years to come.

  • The shelf in 2003 - Increased petroleum production

    14/01/2004 The production of marketable petroleum reached a new peak in 2003, with a total production of 262 million marketable Sm3 oil equivalents (o.e.). This is 3 million Sm3 o.e. more than the record-breaking year 2002. The increase is mainly due to increased sales of gas.

  • The shelf 2003 - Discoveries

    14/01/2004 Eleven new discoveries have been made on the Norwegian shelf in 2003, seven in the North Sea and four in the Norwegian Sea.

  • IOR award 2003: the NPD's award for improved oil recovery goes to Valhall

    13/01/2004 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's IOR award for 2003 goes to Valhall Unit and the operating company BP for their "Life of Field Seismic" project on the Valhall field.

  • The NPD's responsibilities and tasks

    22/12/2003 The Crown Prince Regent's decree concerning the roles and responsibilities of the new Norwegian Petroleum Directorate after separation of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway was laid down by the Council of State on 19 December 2003.

  • Petroleum activity in the area Lofoten IV and the Barents Sea

    15/12/2003 The Government has decided not to continue further petroleum activities in the area Nordland VI outside Lofoten. The Government has also decided to allow for further all-year petroleum activity in the Barents Sea south, except for certain especially valuable areas.

  • Constantly more acreage available on the Norwegian shelf

    30/01/2003 No sooner was the announcement of the 18th licensing round completed before the authorities announced new acreage in connection with awards in predefined areas (TFO 2004). In connection with TFO 2004 the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) will present the oil companies with a gift package containing specially organized information on the areas in the announcement.

  • Sensing the wheat from the chaff

    13/12/2002 A new electromagnetic seabed logging technique could complement traditional seismic surveys based on sound waves in identifying whether a subsurface structure contains water or hydrocabons.