Ministry of Energy

Terje Aasland (Lab.)

Minister of Energy

The principal responsibility of the Ministry of Energy is to facilitate a coordinated and integrated energy policy.
Picture of seabed minerals.

Norway gives green light for seabed minerals


On 9 January, the Norwegian parliament (Storting) considered the government's proposal for opening an area for mineral activities on the Norwegian continental shelf. With the parliament’s decision, the basis is now laid for a gradual and responsible development of seabed minerals, based on a precautionary approach.

Picture of the windmills at Fosen

Agreement between Sør-Fosen Sijte and Fosen Vind


The mediation between the Sør-Fosen Sijte reindeer herding district and Fosen Vind has resulted in the parties entering into an amicable agreement.


The History of Norwegian Hydropower in 5 Minutes

Modern Norway was built and industrialised when we started to utilize rivers and waterfalls to produce electricity. Hydropower is still the backbone of the Norwegian power system, and will remain so in the foreseeable future. More than 100 years after the first hydroelectric power plant was built in Norway, nearly all our electricity production is based on hydropower.


Norway’s oil history in 5 minutes

In the late 1950s, very few people believed that the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) might conceal rich oil and gas deposits. However, the discovery of gas at Groningen in the Netherlands in 1959 caused people to revise their thinking on the petroleum potential of the North Sea. Petroleum activities have contributed significantly to economic growth in Norway, and to the financing of the Norwegian welfare state.


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