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General information on the Norwegian regulatory

regime pertaining to fiscal measurement of oil and gas


from the Norwegian continental shelf

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate


Prof. Olav Hanssensvei 10
P.O.Box 600
N-4003 Stavanger
NORWAY

Telephone: 47-51 87 60 00
Telefax: 47-51 55 15 71
E-mail NPD: postboks@npd.no
Internet: http://www.npd.no

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE NORWEGIAN REGULATORY


REGIME PERTAINING TO FISCAL MEASUREMENT OF OIL AND
GAS FROM THE NORWEGIAN CONTINENTAL SHELF

The purpose and the objective of statutory supervision


The purpose of the Norwegian statutory supervision carried out by the Norwegian Petroleum
Directorate (NPD) is, as far as oil and gas measurement is concerned, to supervise the operator's
adherence to Norwegian law relating to fiscal measurement activities.
The objective of the supervisory activity is to verify the accuracy of the measurement equipment
and to verify the status of related procedures which are being used by the licensee's to quantity/
quality determination of fiscal hydrocarbon streams.
Oil and gas measurements serve as a basis for royalty tax stipulations and for determining the
licensee's income.

Regulatory overview
a) Legal framework:
Act relating to petroleum activities (29 November 1996, last amended 24.6.2011)
Act 21 December 1990 no 72 relating to tax on discharge of CO2 in the petroleum
activities on the continental shelf (Last amended 27.6.2008)
Regulations to Act relating to petroleum activities (Royal Decree 27 June 1997, last
amended 2.7.2012)
Regulations relating to measurement of petroleum for fiscal purposes and for
calculation of CO2 tax ( NPD 1 November 2001) (Last amended 8.3.2012)

b) Major regulatory issues:
Management system requirements
Requirements concerning the organisation, planning and implementation of the activities
Technical requirements for the design and operation of the metering equipment
Metering equipment and measurement methods required to provide adequate accuracy
and reliability at all times

Basic features of the Norwegian regulatory system


The Norwegian regulatory system is based on the principle that anyone who conducts or participates in petroleum activities, shall comply with legal provisions, including regulatory decisions
which are made pursuant to the Petroleum Act. More specifically, this duty requires such parties
to actively seek to bring identified discrepancies into compliance.

Areas of responsibility
Statutory responsibility for the fiscal measurement issues rests with the Ministry of Industry and
Energy.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is delegated supervisory authority. This includes
the responsibility of issuing relevant measurement regulations.
In accordance with established Memorandums of Understanding, the NPD shall co-ordinate
supervisory activities which involve the Norwegian agency Justervesenet (Norwegian Metrology
Service) or similar agencies in foreign countries as Germany, UK, Belgium, France and
Denmark. This work is important to ensure that no governmental agency enforces legal provisions in a manner that has adverse effects on other agencies area of responsibility.

Supervisory activities
The NPD does not issue certificates or similar documents, since such documents tend to effectively shift the responsibility for the quality of the operations from the licensee to the statutory
authorities, and thus deprive the licensee of a stimulus to seek and ensure compliance. Petroleum
activities may not, however, enter the operations phase, unless the NPD explicitly has granted the
licence to do so. When such licence is granted, it is based on, among other things, that the operating companies confirm and demonstrate compliance with the regulations.
The Licensee and others participating in the petroleum activities shall establish, follow up and
assure the development of a management control system which shall include organisation,
processes, procedures and resources necessary to ensure compliance with the requirements of the
valid regulations.

Supervision of measurement systems


The following licences apply to the planning/design/fabrication/operation of a fiscal
measurement system:
Licence to PDO (Plan for development and operation)
Licence to start operation
Various supervisory activities are employed to assess proper operation of measurement systems,
such as:
Technical Audits/Verifications
Auditing the Quality Management Systems
Verification of adherence to rules and regulations
Technical meetings,such as annual meetings and ad hoc meetings on technical matters
Review of the operator's programme for preventive maintenance

Planning of supervisory activities


A plan describing the various supervisory activities relating to fiscal measurement of oil and gas
is developed annually by the NPD.
The supervisory activities plan is developed with due regard to: experience from earlier
supervisory activities, the economic impact of the measurements concerned, anticipated
critical activities of the measurement activity etc.

Flow sheet indicating project progress for a fiscal


measurement station from PDO until licence to start up is given
PDO
Guidelines to plan for development
and operation of Petroleum deposits
3.4.4

Doc. to
NPD

NO

OK
YES
Regulations relating to
measurement of petroleum for
fiscal purposes and for
calculation of CO2 tax
8,13,14,15,16,17

- Technical meetings
- Transmittal of
documentation
- Technical Audits/
verifications

NO

OK
YES
Chapter V
18,19,20,21,22
Chapter II
5

Application
for
start up
Procedure for
operation and
maintenance

OK
YES
Licence to
start up

NO

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56
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54

58

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NOR

SWEDEN

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DENMARK

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NO

56

PE

52

Bacton

RINTE TO R
NEC

CON

GREAT
BRITAIN

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50

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FR A PIPE l
N PI
PE

Easington

Emden

THE
NETHERLANDS

Projected gas pipeline


Existing oil-/condensate
pipeline

Zeebrugge

Projected oil-/condensate
pipeline

FRANCE
2

54

Existing gas pipeline

BELGIUM

GERMANY

Dornum

Other pipelines
4

Existing and projected pipelines

(Source: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate)


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