State-ownership in the energy sector
In the government’s view, private ownership should be the main rule in Norwegian business and industry. Direct state ownership requires a special justification.
Statoil is an international energy company with about 22 000 employees in 37 countries. Its main activities are oil and gas production.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy administers the state's ownership of the companies Petoro, Gassco, Statnett, Enova and Gassnova.