Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Terje Aasland (Lab.)

Minister of Petroleum and Energy

The principal responsibility of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy is to achieve a coordinated and integrated energy policy. A primary objective is to ensure high value creation through efficient and environment-friendly management of Norway’s energy resources.



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.


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.

News from the Ministry

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Ambitious offshore wind initiative

Norway has ambitious goals on offshore wind. The target is to open up areas that will generate use of offshore wind power to generate new electricity on a par with the total amount of electricity currently produced in Norway by 2040.

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Updated estimate for Norwegian gas deliveries in 2022

Based on production so far this year and the latest information on the coming months, the Norwegian authorities have updated the estimate for gas deliveries from the fields on the Norwegian shelf in 2022. The updated estimate for gas sales in 2022 is 122 billion Sm3. The majority of the increase is related to increased deliveries through the gas pipelines.


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