Norway Upstream Fiscal and Regulatory Guide

Norway Upstream Fiscal and Regulatory Guide


Norway governs upstream petroleum operations through a royalty/tax framework. On May 12, 2020, the government will submit a bill to the Storting to temporarily amend petroleum taxation. The stimulus, if implemented, would attempt to incentivise near-term investment in projects by reducing taxable profits for companies in the short-to-medium term. However, some members of industry have described the proposal as insufficient to maintain the current levels of activity. If investment (particularly in upcoming projects) is delayed due to company capital expenditure reductions and production cuts are implemented to help commodity prices recover, the country risks a production decline over the medium term.

“Norway Upstream Fiscal and Regulatory Guide”, presents the essential information relating to the terms which govern investment into Norway’s upstream oil and gas sector. The report sets out in detail the contractual framework under which firms must operate in the industry, clearly defining factors affecting profitability and quantifying the state’s take from hydrocarbon production. Considering political, economic and industry specific variables, the report also analyses future trends for Norway’s upstream oil and gas investment climate.


  • Overview of current fiscal terms governing upstream oil and gas operations in Norway
  • Assessment of the current fiscal regime’s state take and attractiveness to investors
  • Charts illustrating the regime structure, and legal and institutional frameworks
  • Detail on legal framework and governing bodies administering the industry
  • Levels of upfront payments and taxation applicable to oil and gas production
  • Information on application of fiscal and regulatory terms to specific licenses
  • Outlook on future of fiscal and regulatory terms in Norway
Reasons to Buy
  • Understand the complex regulations and contractual requirements applicable to Norway’s upstream oil and gas sector
  • Evaluate factors determining profit levels in the industry
  • Identify potential regulatory issues facing investors in the country’s upstream sector
  • Utilize considered insight on future trends to inform decision-making

1 Table of Contents
1.1. List of Tables
1.2. List of Figures
2. Executive Summary
2.1. Regime Overview - Royalty Tax Agreement
2.2. Timeline
2.3. State Take Assessment
3. Key Fiscal Terms
3.1. Royalties, Bonuses and Fees
3.1.1. Area Fees
3.1.2. Additional Fees
3.1.3. Royalties (Production Fees) - Abolished January 1, 2006
3.2. Abandonment and Decommissioning
3.3. Direct Taxation
3.3.1. Corporate Income Tax
3.3.2. Special Petroleum Tax
3.3.3. Norm Prices
3.3.4. Deductions and Depreciation
3.3.5. Uplift
3.3.6. Losses Carried Forward
3.3.7. Exploration Tax Loss Rebate
3.3.8. Withholding Tax
3.4. Indirect Taxation
3.4.1. Environmental Taxes
3.4.2. Value Added Tax
3.4.3. Customs Duties
3.5. State Participation
4. Regulation and Licensing
4.1. Legal Framework
4.1.1. Governing Law
4.1.2. Contract Type
4.1.3. Title to Hydrocarbons
4.2. Institutional Framework
4.2.1. Licensing Authority
4.2.2. Regulatory Agency
4.2.3. National Oil Company
4.3. Licensing Process
4.3.1. Licensing Rounds
4.3.2. License Applications
4.3.3. Award Criteria
4.4. License Terms
4.4.1. Duration and Relinquishments
4.4.2. Work Obligations
5. Appendix
5.1. References
5.2. Contact Us
5.3. Disclaimer

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