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 websites npd.no and 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 L2S and 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. The file name must not contain dates or any other information.

1.3 Changes from last year's reporting

There are changes in the Guidelines in the following areas:

  • Due to the temporary changes in taxation rules, projects with DG3 within 2022 can no longer be reported in the same profile sheet as projects with DG3 after 2022. Ideally there should not be different years for DG3 in individual profile sheets.
  • Fugitive emissions and cold venting should be reported as sum all sources except for storage and loading similar to environment hub (EEH).
  • Clarification to the maximum power demand (column DC), the peak period of interest is maximum load during a period of one hour.

Please note that over several years the reporting of deposits for in-place and recoverable volumes have had decreasing quality and will be a focus area in this year’s reporting. There must be consistency between the deposits that the project volumes are planned to be produced from (in the Profile collections or in the table for recoverable resources RC6 and 7) and deposits reported with in-place volumes.

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 Telephone number E-mail
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 


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


Updated: 31/08/2021