Sales of petroleum products and liquid biofuels

Updated: 20 March 2023

Next update: 31 March 2023

Change in fuel sale for road traffic
Change in fuel sale for road traffic
February 2022 - February 2023

About the statistics

The statistics present sales of finished refined petroleum products and liquid biofuels by industry. The statistics do not include petroleum products used as raw materials or petroleum products consumed in the energy-producing industries.

The number of litres sold is registered in the country of delivery. The purchaser's main area of business (measured by turnover) determines which purchaser group (industry) the sale is registered in. The statistics include deliveries in Norway (incl. Svalbard, Bjørnøya and Jan Mayen) and on the Norwegian continental shelf. Deliveries to Norwegian ships and airplanes abroad are not included. Ordinary export is not registered even if the delivery is free on board (FOB) in a Norwegian harbour.

Deliveries of petroleum products are originally distributed by code for purchaser group. The codes are based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SN2007).

Name: Sales of petroleum products and liquid biofuels
Topic: Energy and manufacturing

31 March 2023

425 Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics

County and national level

Monthly publishing of delivery figures and prices on some selected petroleum products two weeks after the end of the reference month

Monthly report to the International Eurostat and Energy Agency (IEA).

The data are stored in Excel files and DAT files.

The purpose of the statistics is to show deliveries of petroleum products by purchaser group, county and at national level, measured as delivered litres. Furthermore, the statistics compare the delivery figures of the different oil companies (user-financed assignment). In addition prices on some selected petroleum products are published from February 2010. With the monthly publication in March 2022, the statistics were expanded to also include sales of liquid pure biofuels and other bioproducts. This will also apply to the publication of annual figures in April 2022.

Until 1973, the Ministry of Trade collected figures on deliveries of petroleum products from the oil companies. The figures were distributed by county and some purchaser/consumer groups, and were presented in statistical tables once a year. As of 1973, monthly tables were produced in Statistics Norway. This was a result of cooperation between Statistics Norway, the Ministry of Trade, Drivkraft Norge (formerly The Norwegian Petroleum Institute) and the oil companies. Based on experience and changing conditions, the production and content of the statistics have changed several times since 1973.

The statistics for sales of petroleum products and liquid biofuels are used by the public sector, players in the petroleum industry, interest groups and the media. Internally in Statistics Norway, the statistics are important as a source in the emission accounts, the national accounts and the energy accounts and energy balance. The results are also used indirectly in analyzes and research at Statistics Norway.

Not relevant

The statistics on deliveries of petroleum products form part of the data basis in the energy accounts and energy balance.

The Statistics Act of the 21th of June 2019 no. 32

Regulation NO 1099/2008

The population consists of large international companies that sell petroleum products and liquid biofuels in Norway and local oil companies with sales exceeding a certain amount. The latter submit a less detailed report.

Companies who submit a complete data set submit the data electronically on files. Other companies submit their data in a form. In addition, import and export data from the statistics on external trade are used.

From January 2017, the prices are based on average retail prices.

The sample consists of large oil companies that submit complete reports and some smaller companies that submit a less detailed report (jet fuel, bitumen and lubricant oils). In addition, the sample includes direct imports by a number of small companies.

The companies send their data electronically or via forms.

Total sales for each company are compared with additional information from the company. In addition, the companies check that the complete statistics correspond with their figures.

The statistics are estimated by counting the number of litres sold of each petroleum product from each company, distributed by purchaser group and county.

From January 2017 the prices were based on average retail prices.

Not relevant

The sales figures of individual companies are confidential.

Figures are available back to 1952.

Until December 2016, the prices on petroleum products were collected form the consumer price index. From January 2017, the prices are based on average retail prices.

The fact that there are relatively few respondents limits the possibilities for collection and processing errors.

If a company does not meet the delivery deadline, figures for the corresponding month last year are used. These are corrected as soon as the new figures are delivered.

Full count

On the 14th of April 2021 yearly figures for marine gas oils and dutiable auto diesel were corrected for the period 2012-2019. Previously collected sales figures for these products had been too low.

Monthly sales figures (preliminary statistics) were corrected back to 2020. This correction means that monthly figures for dutiable auto diesel and marine gas oils (and the total) from 2020 onwards are not comparable with periods before 2020.