Diskos plays an important role in digitalising the petroleum industry in Norway. Seamless access to high-quality data facilitates better use of data in analysis work while also stimulating development of technology and new work methods. The industry must embrace the opportunities provided through data analysis and machine learning.
In the current solution, this data is stored in the Green Mountain data centre on Rennesøy island in Rogaland County. Diskos currently contains a total of more than 13 petabytes of data. This represents a huge increase since 2014, when Diskos contained a “mere” 1 petabyte of data.
13 petabytes translates into an enormous volume of data. One petabyte is equivalent to one billion bytes; 1000⁵ or 1015.
Diskos is subject to specific rights; in other words, which companies have permission to view and use the data. In many ways, Diskos is like an online bank. You can make deposits and withdrawals, and you only see your own “accounts”. The bank is open 24/7.
Most of the data in Diskos is subject to a duty of confidentiality for a specific period of time. When this period has expired, the NPD uses Diskos to release data. This means that the data becomes available to all companies that have access to Diskos. For others who are not members of Diskos, the data is available via Diskos' public portal. Users of this portal must pay an administrative fee to gain access.
Today, 33 members and 45 associate members cooperate in the Diskos system. The database is currently operated by a third-party supplier, while the Norwegian authorities are responsible for administration. The NPD has legal responsibility, and is the manager of Diskos.
Diskos was established in 1995 and it is a true success story – an endeavour where the authorities, suppliers and companies on the Norwegian shelf have worked together to create an extremely useful database solution for the industry, while also building a culture to ensure stewardship of this data. The competitive element lies in how this data is used and interpreted.
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.