Production

In 2016, Norway produced 230.6 million Sm³ o.e. of marketable petroleum. By way of comparison, total production was 228.0 million Sm³ o.e. in 2015 and 264.2 million Sm³ o.e. in 2004. In other words, production in 2016 was about 13% lower than in the record year 2004 and 1% higher than in 2015.
In 2016, Norway produced 230.6 million Sm³ o.e. of marketable petroleum. By way of comparison, total production was 228.0 million Sm³ o.e. in 2015 and 264.2 million Sm³ o.e. in 2004. In other words, production in 2016 was about 13% lower than in the record year 2004 and 1% higher than in 2015.
Annually Monthly Per sea area North Sea Norwegian Sea Barents Sea Per field Per field in 2016 Per company in 2016 Per operator in 2016

The production (wellstream) from different reservoirs contains oil, gas and water in various combinations. To get marketable products, the production from the reservoirs must be separated and treated. The production from different reservoirs varies from oil with low gas content to almost dry gas (methane with only small amounts of other gases).

Crude oil is a fluid that is a combination of different types of hydrocarbons. The composition varies from field to field. The quality of the oil depends on several factors, for example how much and which substances, such as wax and sulphur, it contains. The composition also determines how light or heavy (viscous) the oil is.

Rich gas, or crude natural gas, is a mixture of various gases. When necessary, the gas is separated from the oil before the rich gas is treated in a processing facility that separates the dry and wet gas components. Dry gas is often referred to as natural gas, and consists mainly of methane. Wet gas, or NGL (Natural Gas Liquids) as often referred to, consists of a mixture of heavier gases such as ethane, propane and butane. There is a gradual transition between the heaviest gas components which are called naphtha and condensate, and oil. Similar for them all is that they are liquid at room temperature, and are often mixed in, and sold as oil.

Not all gas that is produced is sold. Some of the gas is used to generate power on the fields, and small amounts are flared for safety purposes. On some fields, gas is reinjected into the reservoirs. Reinjection is often used to maintain reservoir pressure and displace the oil. This results in efficient recovery of the oil, and the gas is stored for possible recovery in the future.

There is a delay of about two months in the production figures. All numbers below are in million Sm³ o.e. and natural gas is not normalised to 40 MJ/Sm3.

Annual production
Monthly production

Total production per sea area at year end 2016

Source: The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

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Total production per sea area at year end 2016

Annual production from fields in the North Sea

Source: The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

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Annual production from fields in the North Sea

Annual production from fields in the Norwegian Sea

Source: The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

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Annual production from fields in the Norwegian Sea

Annual production from fields in the Barents Sea

Source: The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

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Annual production from fields in the Barents Sea

Total production per field at year end 2016

Source: The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

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Total production per field at year end 2016

Production per field in 2016

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Production per field in 2016

Per company in 2016

Based on current ownership in fields

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Per company in 2016 – Based on current ownership in fields

Per operator in 2016

Based on current operatorships of fields

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Per operator in 2016 – Based on current operatorships of fields
Updated: 21.02.2017