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.

oil rig

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.

norwegian supply industry

The service and supply industry

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.

Gas exports from the Norwegian shelf

Norway is the third largest gas exporter in the world. Nearly all Norwegian gas is sold on the European market.



New and improved version of NorwegianPetroleum.no

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

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.


A milestone for northern Norway

Today, The Norwegian Government presents a proposition (draft resolution) to the Parliament (Stortinget) regarding the development plan for the Johan Castberg field. The proposition also includes a status for the petroleum industry.

All cases about Oil and Gas


white paper

An industry for the future – report to the Storting on Norway’s petroleum policy

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.