Oil and Gas
The petroleum industry is Norway's largest industry. Today Norway is the 8th largest producer of oil and the 3rd largest producer of gas in the world.
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 service and supply industry is Norway’s second-largest industry measured in terms of turnover, after the oil and gas industry, and includes more than 1 250 companies. After more than 40 years of petroleum activities, the industry has developed cutting-edge expertise and is internationally competitive.
Norway is the third largest gas exporter in the world. Nearly all Norwegian gas is sold on the European market.
The content about Norwegian petroleum activities is updated. The website is also improved to give a better user experience and overview of contents, especially on mobile phones.
APA 2017 – Record number of licenses awarded for further exploration of the Norwegian continental shelf
The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy offers the industry 75 production licenses on the Norwegian continental shelf in the Award in Pre-Defined Areas 2017 (APA 2017) licensing round.
The white paper - Report to the Storting 28 (2010-2011) is translated into english
NorwegianPetroleum.no is published by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, and is a user-friendly, fact-based website where interested readers can learn more about Norwegian petroleum history, current activity, outlook and framework conditions.