Once again, the Geobank is available for viewing core samples and extracting samples for studies.
Everyone whose application has been approved will be contacted by the NPD and receive a suggested appointment. This means that no-one needs to re-apply.
The Geobank has been closed since 4 January due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The re-opening will be gradual, based on guidelines from national and regional authorities.
"We'll be opening cautiously, and have a few temporary criteria for visits. We can receive a maximum of three people at a time, and they must bring their own food and beverages, since they won't have access to the NPD cafeteria. In addition, we will not receive guests from areas with high infection rates," says Jørgen Ramse Vadla of the NPD Geobank.
As of today, around 25 approved applications will be fulfilled. Due to the NPD summer holiday period, some delays must be expected.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate stores core samples and cuttings from exploration and production wells on the Norwegian shelf, as well as oil and reference samples for geochemical standards.
There are vast proven gas resources on the Norwegian shelf which are currently without development plans. Much of this gas is located in tight reservoirs – which makes it difficult to produce.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has conducted a mapping of gas resources that, for various reasons, have yet to be developed. Several of these discoveries could be produced in a manner that is profitable from a socio-economic perspective.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Harbour Energy Norge AS drilling permit for well 15/9-25 in production licence 1138, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is changing its name to the Norwegian Offshore Directorate as of 1 January 2024. The new name reflects the additional responsibilities assigned to the directorate in recent years.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy ASA drilling permit for well 35/11-28 S in production licence 248 C, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Neptune Energy Norge AS drilling permit for well 35/6-4 A in production licence 929, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.