Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is charged with helping to secure the highest possible value for Norwegian society from the oil and gas industry through acceptable resource management rooted in safe operation, emergency preparedness and protection of the natural environment.

It works for long-term availability of resources and is responsible for mapping the large areas of the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) still to be opened to petroleum activities.

Many new fields are expected to be developed on the NCS, and the NPD will help to ensure the largest possible value creation for society from these developments. It will also be a driving force in ensuring that time-critical resources in mature areas are not lost.

Norway’s role as a substantial energy producer must be reconciled with the leading role played by the country in energy-efficient production.

The NPD serves as a national library for the NCS and disseminates facts and knowledge. Its data, including maps from the NCS library, form part of Barentswatch. The NPD is represented in various Barentswatch fora, and provides editorial services where oil and gas are concerned.


Articles from Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Cooling clashes through collaboration

Cooling clashes through collaboration

Norway may have extensive sea areas, but conflicts nevertheless arise over their use. Co-existence is vital if several industries are to exploit the potential of these waters.

Better-informed fishing

Better-informed fishing

Norway’s fishermen can now get official information directly on their chart plotter with the FishInfo service. Launched by the Norwegian Seafood Research Fund (FHF) and BarentsWatch, this aims to provide the right data at the right time in the right channel.
The geology behind the oil miracle

The geology behind the oil miracle

The geological conditions on the Norwegian Continental Shelf are favourable for discoveries of oil and gas. This is not the case onshore.

Safety

Safety

The production of Norwegian oil and gas takes place around the clock, throughout the year, involving several thousand people. Safety on the Norwegian continental shelf is strictly regulated and all participants are required to operate in accordance with regulatory requirements.
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