Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Marte Mjøs Persen (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

Gruppebilde av Regjeringen Støre

New Government

Having been appointed by the King in a session of the Council of State on the 14th October, Jonas Gahr Støre’s government met for its first Council of State session at the Royal Palace. Here, the division of responsibilities between the members in the Government was decided.


Marte Mjøs Persen appointed new Minister of Petroleum and Energy

Marte Mjøs Persen (Lab.) was appointed Minister of Petroleum and Energy in Jonas Gahr Støre’s government on the 14th October in the government coalition between the Labour Party (Lab.) and the Centre Party (Cent.)

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