Oil and gas

Environmental impact of oil and gas activities

The petroleum sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Norway. Efforts are being made to develop improved methods to monitor the industry’s impact on marine life.

Last changed: 25. August 2016

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.

Last changed: 05. February 2016

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.

Last changed: 08. July 2014

Precautionary advice about seismic activity

The Institute of Marine Research provides several hundred consultation responses to seismic survey applications annually. The Institute's precautionary approach is to advise against seismic activity in active spawning areas and in concentrated spawning migration routes. 

Last changed: 07. July 2014


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.

Last changed: 31. May 2013

Searching for oil with sound waves

Seismic surveys are used to provide a picture of the earth's crust as it appears below the surface. This is the first step in the search for oil and gas.

Last changed: 31. May 2013

World class energy production

A mere 50 years ago there was no one who believed that there was oil and gas on the Norwegian continental shelf. Today, Norway is the world's fifth largest exporter of energy.

Last changed: 31. May 2013

Learning more about the north

A total of 30 000 kilometres of seismic data are to be acquired by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) in far northern waters during the summer of 2012.

Last changed: 27. May 2013

Transport routes on the seabed

Norwegian oil and gas pipelines crisscross the bottom of the North Sea like so many underwater motorways. The question now is how this system can keep abreast of new discoveries off Norway.

Last changed: 20. March 2013

Much left to find

The Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) can still surprise. And 20 per cent of its oil and gas resources remain to be discovered, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

Last changed: 19. March 2013