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1 - The purpose of the reporting, timetable etc.

1.1 The purpose of the reporting

Pursuant to Section 50a of the Regulations to the Petroleum Act, operating companies shall submit data for use in the revised national budget (RNB).

”Reporting shall include corporate financial data, projects, resource volumes and forecasts for production, costs and environmental discharges/emissions as specified by the recipient.”

Each autumn, 15 October, all operating companies shall submit data and forecasts for their respective operated fields, discoveries, transportation- and utilization facilities (TUF).

The reporting to the RNB comprises part of the basis for the Government's oil and environmental policies, the fiscal and national budget. These forecasts are important, and great emphasis is therefore placed on ensuring that high-quality reporting is provided within the stated deadlines.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) quality-assures and organizes the data reported by the companies. The NPD also prepares its own estimates and classifies the resources based on its own assumptions. Based on this, the NPD updates the resource accounts for the Norwegian shelf and prepares overall forecasts. The forecasts are submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) and forwarded to the Ministry of Finance (FIN).

The forecasts and the resource accounts are incorporated in several analyses and various publications, such as the “The petroleum resources on the Norwegian continental shelf” and the website norskpetroleum.no.

1.2 Reporting deadlines/format etc.


The NPD will make the following available to the operators by 1 September:

  • Cover letter
  • Reporting file
  • Guidelines for completing the reporting file for the current RNB

The reporting file can be downloaded from our web site, npd.no. The operators' deadline for submitting the reporting file to the NPD is 15 October. It is important that you deliver at the deadline, in order for the NPD to meet subsequent deadline with the MPE.

The guidelines are provided in English. The reporting file is also in English but contains some Norwegian phrases. There are technical reasons for this and there is no translation to English in the reporting file. If this is a problem, please contact the NPD.

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.

Reporting format

Data shall be reported electronically in accordance with the format given in the reporting file (macro enabled excel file). No changes shall be made in the layout of the spreadsheets, nor can there be any links to other spreadsheets in the file submitted to the NPD.

The operators are requested to follow the naming of the reporting files as specified in column I in the project list. Please name the files according to the examples shown below:

  • Statfjord_RNB2020
  • 2/12-1 Mjølner_RNB2020
  • Gassled Område A_RNB2020

File name must not contain dates or any other information.

1.3 Changes from last year's reporting

There are changes/clarifications in the Guidelines to RNB2020, in the following areas:

  • Chapter 6.6 outlines the preferred reporting of shared facilities. Investments and operating costs should not be distributed across several reporting files or profile sheets. Fields or discoveries paying for the shared facilities should only report its investment share or operating cost share as Cost sharing CAPEX or Cost sharing OPEX (in columns BR and BQ, RC 3 and 4 mandatory, RC 5 optional).
    • Chapter 6.9: Due to the increased attention on emissions, we need more information about possible measures to reduce emissions. Electrification projects related to existing infrastructure shall be reported with costs and emissions when passed or expected to pass DG 0 current year. This will give us a better basis for long-term planning.
    • Chapter 6.9.1: There are some modifications in the description of gas under “Assumptions for environmental emissions/discharges”. In the comment cell BY32 you are asked to distinguish between fields that you are receiving products from, and fields that are recipients from your field.
    • Chapter 7.2: Clarification on what tariff costs should not be reported.
    • There also are improvements and modifications to some of the consistency checks described in chapter 9.2.

1.4 Quality Assurance and updates from the operators

It is very important that the operator has carried out an internal check to ensure good quality of the data before submission to the NPD. If the NPD finds errors, lack of information or ambiguities in the received report, the file will be returned with comments entered in the spreadsheet marked "Tilbakemeldingsskjema" (feedback form). The operator must then submit a new, corrected report or response to the comments.

The reporting file also contains several functions for quality assurance. For more information, see chapter 9 – Quality Assurance.

1.5 Contact persons

If any questions concerning the reporting, please contact the persons stated below:

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/ RNB2020@npd.no

The operator must also state a contact person with e-mail address and telephone number in each reporting file.

Updated: 02/09/2019