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Topics: Norway, Petroleum, Peak oil Pages: 6 (1560 words) Published: May 11, 2014
The Arctic Council consists of the eight Arctic States: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States. Let's consider the position of Norway as the member of the Arctic Council. First of all some historical information about oil and gas production in Norway. In the late 1950s, very few people believed that the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) might conceal rich oil and gas deposits. However, the discovery of gas at Groningen in the Netherlands in 1959 caused people to revise their thinking on the petroleum potential of the North Sea. This discovery led to enthusiasm in a part of the world where energy consumption to a large extent was based on coal and imported oil. In the eagerness to find more, attention was drawn to the North Sea. Norway’s geological expertise was negative to oil and gas deposits, but this could not stop the enthusiasm after the gas discovery in the Netherlands. In May 1963, Einar Gerhardsen’s government proclaimed sovereignty over the NCS. New regulation determined that the State owns any natural resources on the NCS, and that only the King (government) is authorized to award licences for exploration and production. The same year, companies got the possibility to carry out preparatory exploration. Even though Norway had proclaimed sovereignty of large offshore areas, some important clarifications remained on how to divide the continental shelf, primarily with Denmark and Great Britain. Agreements on dividing the continental shelf in accordance with the median line principle were reached in March 1965. First licensing round was announced on 13 April 1965. 22 production licences for a total of 78 blocks were awarded to oil companies or groups of companies. The production licences gave exclusive rights for exploring, drilling, and production in the licence area. The first well was drilled in the summer of 1966, but it was dry. Foreign companies dominated exploration off Norway in the initial phase, and were responsible for developing the country's first oil and gas fields. Statoil was created in 1972, and the principle of 50 percent state participation in each production licence was established. This rule was later changed so that the Storting (the Norwegian parliament) can evaluate whether the level of state participation should be lower or higher, depending on circumstances. Now let's turn to the impact of gas and oil production on the economy of Norway. Petroleum activities have contributed significantly to economic growth in Norway, and to the financing of the Norwegian welfare state. Through over 40 years of operations, the industry has created values in excess of NOK 12 000 billion in current terms. In 2012, the petroleum sector accounted for 23 percent of value creation in the country. This is more than twice the value creation of the manufacturing industry and around 15 times the total value creation of the primary industries. Since the petroleum industry started its activities on the NCS, enormous sums have been invested in exploration, field development, transport infrastructure and land facilities. At the end of 2012, this amounted to some NOK 3000 billion in current terms. Investments in 2012 amounted to over NOK 175 billion, or 29 percent of the country's total realinvestments.In spite of more than 40 years of production, only around 42 percent of the total expected resources on the NCS have been produced. Production (including NGL) reached a peak in 2001 of 3.4 million barrels per day. In 2012, the liquids production was 1,8 million barrels per day. Gas sales the same year was 114,8 billion cubic metres. There are 8000 km of offshore gas pipelines with landing points in four countries in Europe. 53 companies are currently licensees on the Norwegian continental shelf and 42 exploration wells were drilled in 2012. Norway has been producing oil & gas for about 40 years and at this moment Norwegian oil production is 40% lower than at its peak. The easiest...
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