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.

Bente Nyland is the NPD's third director general. She succeeds Gunnar Berge, who left the post in June of this year. Fredrik Hagemann was the NPD's first director general.

"I am overwhelmed and happy for the confidence shown in me. I am proud to have this position and proud of the organisation I am to lead. After having been an employee and manager in the NPD for many years, I know that our level of professional competence is very high," says Nyland. 

The new director general emphasises the significant challenges surrounding the Norwegian continental shelf. Activity is high and there is great enthusiasm in and around the petroleum sector.

Nyland has worked in the NPD since 1989. For many years, she has been responsible for undiscovered resources, exploration of new areas, new players on the Norwegian shelf, as well as work with licence award rounds.

She began her career as a newly trained geologist from the University of Oslo in Statoil in 1984 where she worked with exploration for five years. She came to the NPD in 1989, and in 1993 she received her first management position in the Directorate. When the Directorate underwent a significant organisational change in 2001, she became one of four senior managers. The NPD was divided into two entities in 2004: the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway. Nyland continued to work in Gunnar Berge's eight-person management group. Since June 2007 she has been the NPD's acting director general.

Contact in the NPD:
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00

Updated: 04/09/2009