The Norwegian Offshore Directorate's 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 health, the environment, safety, as well as other users of the ocean.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) changed its name to the Norwegian Offshore Directorate on 1 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 Directorate was established in 1972 and is a state-level specialist directorate and public administrative body reporting to the Ministry of Energy.
About 200 people work for the Norwegian Offshore Directorate, which has offices in Stavanger and Harstad.
Name change from 1 January 2024
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) changed its name to the Norwegian Offshore Directorate as of 1 January 2024. The new name reflects the additional responsibilities assigned to the directorate in recent years.
In addition to petroleum this includes tasks associated with CO2 storage (CCS), offshore wind and seabed minerals.
There will be no formal changes beyond the name change. The organisation and contacts will remain the same. However, the name change will have a few practical consequences.
The name and domains will be updated gradually starting on 1 January 2024. The website will change from www.npd.no to www.sodir.no. E-mail-addresses will change from @npd.no to @sodir.no. E-mails sent to old addresses will be forwarded to new addresses during a transitional period.
Regulations and agreements will be continued.
If you have questions regarding the name change, you can get in touch with your normal contact in the NPD. Alternatively you may contact Ola Anders Skauby, Director Communication, public affairs and emergency response.