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Guidelines for the destruction of material and information (data) which may be of importance to the management of resources

The destruction of material and information (data) which may be of importance to the management of resources is regulated in the Regulations to the Act relating to petroleum activities (the Petroleum Regulations), Section 55, last subsection:

Section 55. Safekeeping duty

The licensee shall retain for safekeeping material and information necessary to ensure that the Ministry can verify whether the petroleum activities are carried out in accordance with the statutory framework of legislation, for as long as it provides necessary information about the petroleum activities.

If the operator wishes to destroy material or information which may be of importance to the management of resources, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate shall receive a list of material and information prior to it being destroyed, and may within a reasonable time after having received the list, order handing over or further safekeeping free of charge. In the case of handing over, sufficient documentation in relation to such material and information shall be included.

Operators that wish to destroy material or information that may be of importance for the management of resources must submit an overview of such data to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) on form S-6, prior to undertaking any such destruction. The overview must be submitted to postboks@npd.no.

The NPD will conduct a specific assessment of whether such material or information can be destroyed. The below table provides guidelines for how the NPD normally assesses various types of cases. This is not an exhaustive list:

Download: Guidline (pdf)

Updated: 14/03/2019