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Sales of petroleum products



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Key figures

3.3 %

decrease in sales of gasoline and auto diesel in 2019

Annual sale of petroleum products, 1000 litres1
Product2019Change from last year, per cent2018201720162015
1Other products: LPG, NGL, aviation gasoline and bitumen
Total sales8 267 832-3.78 589 8328 545 8348 735 1408 775 237
Motor gasoline1 028 358-5.51 087 8901 121 0741 154 6131 177 111
Auto diesel, dutiable2 928 062-2.53 004 5353 051 8093 135 1972 993 494
Auto diesel, free of duty918 473-5.5971 674896 522920 879879 721
Marine gas oil and diesel1 220 917-6.71 308 3741 224 8731 336 3491 476 506
Light heating oils87 210-34.4132 963178 458212 515208 941
Heating and lighting kerosene3 726-76.515 87915 44019 89420 812
Jet kerosene1 118 292-4.61 171 8381 129 6961 088 1791 123 932
Heavy distillate and heavy fuel oil122 7359.7111 836120 366114 631139 471
Lubricant oils57 733-3.659 88956 18957 48749 065
Other petroleum products782 3267.9724 954751 407695 396706 184

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Table 1 
Sales of petroleum products by industry, 1000 litres

Sales of petroleum products by industry, 1000 litres12
Motor gasolineAuto diesel, dutiableAuto diesel, free of dutyMarine gas oil and dieselLight heating oilsHeating and lighting keroseneJet keroseneHeavy distillate and heavy fuel oilLubricant oilsOther petroleum products
1Otherer products: LPG, NGL, aviation gasoline and bitumen
2Wholesale fuels and related products also includes sales where buyer is unknown
The figures were corrected 20 April 2020: Marine gas oil and diesel moved from Mining and quarrying to Water transport.
All industries1 028 3582 928 062918 4731 220 91787 2103 7261 118 292122 73557 733782 326
Agriculture, forestry and fishing16191220 71016 236624050430
Mining and quarrying1583 48637 919426 411-62508 0650579-59 908
Manufacture2 7345 36134 72242 19617 66111558 7444 374140 015
Power and water supply, sewerage/remediation activities10179910 0911663 6070001290
Construction2 59226 268119 2661 1811 32218440439294 561
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles21 58766 01557 40439 59813 0076057321 730132 382
Wholesale of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and related products50 914274 195370 555341 12431 8132 22912 51741 23028 740273 790
Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores937 6962 360 97893 660..6432803 261390
Railway transport0015 91400000230
Other land transport including postal and courier activities7 121170 400127 98037 9868 6585247 7253 371168136
Water transport2 49515 26517 408299 7593 432117066 1279520
Air transport001007901 052 857069890
Warehousing, accommodation, food and beverage service activities2 3252 0348 90313 9852 5963829 0840446365
Public administration, defence activities, education, health and social work activities4732 3483 9312 2734 39407 8740593
Private consumers01000000-41

About the statistics

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


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

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.

Standard classifications

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

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Sales of petroleum products
Topic: Energy and manufacturing

Responsible division

Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics

Regional level

County and national level

Frequency and timeliness

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

International reporting

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


The data are stored in Excel files and DAT files.


Background and purpose

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.

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, 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.

Users and applications

The figures are used by oil companies and the Norwegian Petroleum Institute. In addition, the figures form part of the data used in the production of energy balances in Statistics Norway.

Equal treatment of users

Not relevant

Coherence with other statistics

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

Legal authority

The Statistics Act of 16 June 1989 no. 54, §§ 2-2 and 2-3

EEA reference

Regulation NO 1099/2008



The statistics include all the sales of petroleum products to buyers in Norway, based on the succeeding data sources:

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

In addition, direct imports by other dealers and any consumers are collected in the statistics on external trade.

Data sources and sampling

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.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The companies send their data electronically or via forms. The deadline is the 6th workday of every month.

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 companies receive tables containing their sales figures, total sales and market shares.

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.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


The sales figures of individual companies are confidential.

Comparability over time and space

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.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

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


Not relevant