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2 - What to report

2.1 Main categories: Field, Discovery and TUF

The reporting distinguishes between field, discovery and TUF. The table below gives a definition of the categories.

Table 2 1 Definition of field, discovery and TUF

Category Description
Field One or more petroleum deposits, which together are comprised by an approved plan for development and operation (PDO) or for which exemption from the PDO requirement has been granted.

One petroleum deposit, or several petroleum deposits collectively, which have been discovered in the same wellbore and in which testing, sampling or logging has established the probability of the existence of mobile petroleum (includes both commercial and technical discovery).

For discoveries in RC 4F, 5F and 7F that are reported as part of a field, the resource estimates will not be published.

Several discoveries may be combined in one report, as a development project.

TUF Transportation and Utilization Facilities includes pipelines, terminals and onshore facilities.

Designation of fields, discoveries and TUF shall be according to the NPD project list, see chapter 2.3 - Project list. A drop-down list with names is available in the reporting file, see chapter 5 – Completing the spreadsheet “Generell info og kommentarer”.

2.2 Projects in fields, discoveries and TUF

Fields, discoveries and TUF contain one or several projects. Project is a basic definition in the NPD resource classification of petroleum.

All recoverable petroleum volumes must be assigned to a project. A project represents the connection between a petroleum volume and the decision process, including budget allocation. Generally speaking, a project will represent a specific level of maturity when a decision is made as to whether or not to proceed (i.e. to spend money). An additional project in a field or a discovery can represent development of one or more new deposits, or it can represent a specific measure on a field

Projects also apply to pipelines. An additional project in a pipeline-reporting file can for example be a new pipeline or a new compressor.

Each project should be placed in a resource class based on the maturity of the project, see chapter 3.2 – Resource Classes.

Several projects can be included in one profile collection, but only if the projects are in the same resource class. It could be relevant to distribute the reporting across multiple profile collections if the projects have different decision progress. For more information, see chapter 6 “Completion of the spreadsheet” – profile 1-15 (= profile collections).

For mutually exclusive projects (targeting the same volume), only the most probable project should be reported.

Delta profiles should be reported in a logical order such that they are addable and give a total realistic production scenario. This applies to all projects with profiles, i.e. RC 1-5. The assumptions for the scenario should be described in the text box.

2.3 Project list

This list will form the basis for the reporting and there is a separate process to handle this. Changes to the project list after September 1st must be agreed with the NPD.


Every autumn, on 15 October, all operators must report data and prognoses related to their fields, discoveries, transport and onshore facilities.


The reporting to the RNB is included in the basis for the state and national budget and the Government’s oil and environmental policy. It is therefore very important that the reporting is of high quality and that the deadlines are met, so that we can meet the deadlines set by the MPE.

Schedule for the RNB2019 reporting process

15 October First report from operators
29 October at 14:00 First feedback from NPD
5 November at 12:00 Second report from operators
9 November at 12:00 Second feedback from NPD
13 November at 12:00 Third report from operator

If there are significant changes to the reporting as a result of budgetary processes in the production licenses’ management committees after 15 October, please contact the NPD as soon as possible to clarify whether there is a need to submit an updated reporting file.


The operators have been granted access to the following by 1 September:

  • Project list
  • Cover letter
  • Reporting file
  • General guidelines

Project list

This list will form the basis for the reporting. There is a separate process to handle this. Changes to the project list after 1 September must be clarified with the NPD.

The reporting file and guidelines are shown in column to the right.

The reporting must comply with the NPD’s resource classification.

Reporting to Gassco

The operators’ reporting to Gassco’s shipping plan/transport plan is included in the reporting file. These data should be submitted to Gassco, in accordance with a separate order from Gassco.

Reporting format


The data must be reported electronically in accordance with the format in the reporting file.

Vulnerable Excel file

The reporting file must be handled and filled out correctly. No changes can be made to the layout of the spreadsheet and the name of the spreadsheet cannot be changed. No links to other spreadsheets can be added in the file that is delivered to the NPD.

The spreadsheet colours codes

Light yellow and grey cells shall not be completed

Light grey cells are optional to complete

White cells shall/can be completed

Paste using "paste special values"

Paste using "paste special values"

The original formatting of cells cannot be overwritten. You must therefore only paste in values.

Naming files

The operators are asked to follow the naming of the reporting files as indicated in column I in the project list. File names cannot contain dates or other extra information. Please name the files according to the examples shown below:

  • Statfjord_RNB2019
  • 2_12_1_Mjølner_RNB2019
  • Gassled område A_RNB2019

Quality assurance of data before submission to the NPD

It is very important that the operator ensures the data is of high quality before they are sent to the NPD. If the NPD finds errors, deficiencies or anything that is unclear in the submitted reporting, the file will be returned with comments in the sheet “Tilbakemeldingsskjema” (Feedback form). The operator must then submit corrected reporting or responses to the comments.

Comment fields: Use the comment fields to explain significant changes in relation to the previous RNB reporting. What constitutes significant changes is explained in Chapter 6.1.3 of the guideline.

Consistency checks: If a consistency check is triggered, please correct the figures so that they correspond with each other, or explain why the figures are still reported.


If you have any questions regarding the reporting, please contact the following persons:

Area Contact Phone/
General questions and questions regarding the reporting file Tom Andersen +47 51 87 62 75/
Transfer of data, License to Share (L2S) Magnar Haugvaldstad +47 51 87 60 74/ RNB2019@npd.no


Updated: 21/12/2018