New head of the Harstad office

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

His duties will include responsibility for the annual Awards in Pre-defined Areas (APA). He will be part of the management team under exploration director Sissel Eriksen.

Knutsen has broad experience from various aspects of the petroleum activities. He is a geologist, and also holds a BSc in psychology.

Stig-Morten Knutsen has nearly 25 years of work experience from Hydro, and completed both an MSc and PhD during this time.

After a few years as a consultant, he was hired as exploration manager in Greenland’s national oil company Nunaoil.

Eight exploration wells were drilled during his three-to-four-year tenure here. Grønland has a very large shelf, and 14 exploration wells have so far been drilled here. No commercial discoveries have been made, but vast areas have yet to be surveyed.

Before he started working for the NPD, he held management positions at the research institutions Roald Amundsen Petroleum Research and ARCEx in Tromsø.

Updated: 13/10/2014

Latest news

Still available seats – NPD to present new resource report
19/08/2022 On Thursday, 25 August, Kjersti Dahle Grov, Director of Technology, Analysis and Coexistence, will present the Resource Report 2022.
Data from old wells is now available
17/08/2022 Data from the analysis project that Earth Science Analytics AS carried out on assignment from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) in 2021 is now available for download.
Drilling permit for well 6608/1-1 S
15/08/2022 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted PGNiG Norway Upstream AS drilling permit for well 6608/1-1 S, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Oil and gas discovery northeast of the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea – 6507/3-15
12/08/2022 Aker BP ASA, operator of production licence 941, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 6507/3-15.
Drilling permit for well 6507/8-11 S
03/08/2022 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS drilling permit for well 6507/8-11 S, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Dry well near the Brage field in the North Sea – 31/4-A-13 C
29/07/2022 Wintershall Dea Norge AS, operator of production licence 055, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 31/4-A-13 C.
High level of activity on the Norwegian shelf in the first half of 2022
20/07/2022 50 years after the Storting (parliament) decided to establish the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), there is still plenty of activity on the Norwegian shelf.
Production figures June 2022
20/07/2022 Preliminary production figures for June 2022 show an average daily production of 1 529 000 barrels of oil, NGL and condensate.
Drilling permit for well 31/1-3 S and 31/1-3 A
20/07/2022 The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy AS drilling permit for well 31/1-3 S and 31/1-3 A, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
Gas discovery near the Skarv field in the Norwegian Sea – 6507/2-6
13/07/2022 Aker BP ASA, operator of production licence 261, has concluded the drilling of wildcat well 6507/2-6.