Here are the key regulations relating to resource management in the petroleum activities and for storage and transport of CO2 on the continental shelf. These regulations fall under the authority of the Ministry of Energy and the Norwegian Offshore Directorate and consist of statutes, overarching regulations and regulations stipulated by the Norwegian Offshore Directorate.
The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has stipulated regulations relating to resource management in the petroleum activities (Resource Management Regulations), regulations relating to measurement of petroleum for fiscal purposes and for calculation of CO2, (Measurement Regulations) and regulations relating to material and documentation in connection with exploration for and exploitation of subsea reservoirs on the continental shelf for storage of CO2, (regulations relating to documentation in connection with storage of CO2 on the shelf).
These regulations have been stipulated pursuant to and in accordance with the Petroleum Act, the CO2 Tax Act and the Act relating to subsea natural resources. They supplement the provisions in these three statutes and in the Regulations relating to the Petroleum Act, as well as the Regulations relating to storage and transport of CO2 on the shelf.
Other relevant regulations for the petroleum activities can be found on the websites of the respective authorities, or from Lovdata.
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.