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Oil and gas

Experience the fascinating story of the Norwegian oil adventure. The story of Norway's oil and gas industry is told in the framework of an innovative exhibition experience.

In the exhibition, you can, among other things, operate the stove which, with a few million years of cooking time, produces oil and gas. You can also take a seat in the drilling rig and turn the drill string while you get the impression of being in the fields in the North Sea, you can throw yourself into the rescue sock, try your hand at the evacuation maze, and you can count the kroner that flow into the Oil Fund.

From the exhibition Oil and gas. Photo.

The Oil and Gas exhibition is structured around five main themes. Objects, text and images tell stories about people in the industry, ground-breaking technology development, major skills boosts, bold policies and the importance of oil and gas — in the world's energy market, in the Norwegian economy and from an environmental and climate perspective.

The exhibition also shows films by five people, who all have their own very special stories to tell:

  • Ståle Salvesen, who sat on the drilling deck when the first oil was found in 1969
  • Conductor Myrvold, who sold a ticket to King Olav when he took the tram during the oil crisis in 1973
  • Gerry Stigen, who survived the Alexander Kielland accident in 1980
    Anne Mürer, who led the connection of the Troll platform in 1995
    Mailinn Gjerde, who is one of the "moonlanders" developing technology for carbon capture

Oil exhibitions at The Norwegian Museum Of Science And Technology

The museum has had oil exhibitions since 1996, but created a new exhibition in 2014 in collaboration with Norsk Olje og Gass and the largest companies in the industry. With it, we want to convey the history of modern oil Norway as well as offer the oil industry a representative arena in the capital . The exhibition is built on experience from the previous exhibitions and the teaching we have developed for school pupils on the subject.

Ecofish. Historical photo.

The history of oil in Norway

After Ekofisk was found in 1969, it was only a decade before oil and gas had become Norway's largest source of income and most important industry. Today, 250,000 jobs are linked to the industry. Oil and gas account for half of all Norwegian exports and make up a third of the government's income. As much as has been produced to date still lies beneath the seabed, in known fields such as Ekofisk, Troll and Statfjord, and in fields that have not yet been discovered. Oil and gas will play a major role for Norwegian industry and economy and the world's energy supply in the future as well. What place these energy sources should have in the future energy mix is ​​an important and knowledge-intensive discussion in light of the serious climate threat.

The exhibition's five main themes:

1. Search and find

In 1969, the first Norwegian oil field, Ekofisk, was found after several years of exploration. Searching for oil and gas requires knowledge of where to search and equipment to drill. New knowledge and technologies make it possible to still be able to make discoveries as important as in 1969.

2. Global lines

Oil and gas are among the world's most important raw materials. All countries need it, and the countries that are self-sufficient, or produce for export, have great advantages. When Norway became an oil nation, domestic opportunities changed and Norway took a new, global position. Oil policy is important both nationally and globally.

3. Work

Oil and gas can only be found and produced with the help of the efforts of thousands of workers. 250,000 work directly or indirectly in the Norwegian oil and gas industry with many different tasks. There will be many exciting challenges for the employees in the future as well.

4. Technology improvement and industrial construction

Exploration, drilling and production of oil require special and advanced technologies. The development of the Norwegian oil and gas industry has given the industry a big boost, with the construction of platforms, underwater installations, pipelines and ships. New technology is constantly being developed to find new fields, improve production, reduce costs, reduce emissions, reduce hazardous work and exploit more of the reserves.

5. Energy and environment

Oil and gas have become an indispensable source of energy and have made Norway an economic and energy-political major power in the world. This source of wealth is also associated with challenges. This particularly applies to the climate issue, linked to the CO2 emissions from the world's consumption of coal, oil and gas. What place should Norwegian oil and gas have in the future global energy mix?

The exhibition is produced by The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology . Sponsored by: Norwegian oil and gas Conoco Phillips Exxon Mobil Lundin Shell Equinor Total Spirit Energy Concedo Idemitsu Dana Petroleum Subsea 7 Repsol VNG Norge


Offshore Norway, logo
Sponsor logos: ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Lundin Norway, Shell, Statoil and Total
Sponsor logos: Bayern Gas, Concedo, Idemitsu Petroleum, Repsol, Dana Petroleum, Subsea 7, VNG Norge

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