Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Articles written in collaboration with Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

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

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.

Last changed: 20. January 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


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

Prepared for the unthinkable

Since oil production began in the North Sea in 1971, an oil spill has never reached land. But it could happen. Therefore, Norway has the most comprehensive oil spill response in the world.

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

Oil industry emissions and discharges

The petroleum industry in Norway is required to take account of the environment. A number of laws specify how operations should be conducted in every phase from planning to cessation of a field.

Last changed: 20. March 2013