Norwegian Offshore Directorate


About Norwegian Offshore Directorate

The Norwegian Offshore Directorate was established in 1972 and is a state-level specialist directorate and public administrative body reporting to Norway's Ministry of Energy.


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The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) changed its name to the Norwegian Offshore Directorate (NOD) in January 2024. The name change reflects that the Directorate has been tasked with additional responsibilities in recent years associated with CO2 storage (CCS), offshore wind and seabed minerals.

The NOD says its primary objective is to contribute to the greatest possible values for society from the oil and gas activities through efficient and prudent resource management, where due consideration is given to HSE and other users of the ocean.

Information accurate as of June 2024. 

Articles & News

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Energy Transition

Norway opens more North Sea areas for CO2 storage bids

June 7, 2024
Awards of such areas is a prerequisite for large-scale carbon capture and storage.
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North Sea & Europe

Norway opens more Barents Sea exploration acreage

June 6, 2024
The Norwegian Ministry of Energy has expanded acreage available in the Barents Sea under the current APA license round by 34 blocks.
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Nordic countries pursuing seabed minerals database

April 16, 2024
The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has entered a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with Greenland and Denmark on acquiring new data on seabed minerals.
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Drilling & Completion

Aker BP cleared to drill three Barents Sea prospects

Feb. 29, 2024
The Norwegian Offshore Directorate (NOD) has authorized Aker BP to drill three exploration wells in the Barents Sea, using Saipem’s semisub Scarabeo 8.
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North Sea & Europe

Norwegian directorate calls for increased frontier drilling, production boosting technologies

Jan. 29, 2024
The Norwegian Offshore Directorate wants to see more active exploration of frontier areas to realize more of the resource potential. That means a commitment to testing new ideas...
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North Sea & Europe

NPD calls for concerted development push for Norway’s tight gas resource

Dec. 7, 2023
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is urging E&P companies to find ways of harnessing gas in tight reservoirs across the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
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Renewable Energy

Norway issues first datasets for offshore wind planners

Nov. 15, 2023
Data from the subsurface surveys in the first phase of Sørlige Nordsjø II (Southern North Sea II) are now ready for download from Diskos.
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Offshore Oil Gas
Business Briefs

NPD releases more relinquished offshore data to explorers

Oct. 2, 2023
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is making publicly available nearly 6,000 datasets from relinquished areas across the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
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Company News

Norwegian agencies get new titles

Sept. 26, 2023
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate will be known as the Norwegian Offshore Directorate, while the Petroleum Safety Authority will be renamed the Norwegian Ocean Industry Authority...
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This illustration by Equinor depicts the Troll Field in the North Sea.

NPD logs seven discoveries offshore Norway this year

July 5, 2023
Eighteen exploration wells drilled in the year to date in Norwegian waters have led to seven discoveries, according to the latest update from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate...

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Equipment Engineering

Norway trials AI-based field, wells search engine

May 30, 2023
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is supporting a pilot project that uses artificial intelligence to search for status reports on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
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Renewable Energy

Norway considers opening further areas to offshore wind developers

April 26, 2023
The NPD has identified 20 areas that could be technically suited to offshore wind developments.
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Credit Equinor Gas And Condensate Discoveries To Be Developed In The Norwegian Sea

NPD approves production extension for Mikkel Field offshore Norway

Feb. 17, 2023
Equinor has permission from the Norwegian authorities to prolong use of subsea facilities on the Mikkel gas-condensate field in the Norwegian Sea until October 2028.
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Renewable Energy

NPD awards seabed mapping contracts for offshore wind to Fugro, Enviros

Jan. 11, 2023
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate says it is continuing its mapping for offshore wind.
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Rough seas hit a semisubmergible oil rig in the North Sea off the coast of Norway.
North Sea & Europe

Norwegian field investments could exceed $30 billion, NPD claims

Jan. 10, 2023
The gradual withdrawal of Russian gas exports last year helped Norway become Europe’s largest supplier by year-end 2022, according to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s (NPD...
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Renewable Energy

NPD supporting Norwegian offshore wind licensing

May 19, 2022
The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has assigned the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate to conduct surveys related to future offshore wind acreage awards.