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Sales of petroleum products


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Key figures

2 %

decrease in sales of gasoline and auto diesel in 2018

Annual sale of petroleum products, 1000 litres1
Product2018Change from last year, per cent2017201620152014
1Other products: LPG, NGL, aviation gasoline and bitumen
2Time series for Light heating oils and Heating and lighting kerosene have been revised
Total sales8 589 8320.58 545 8348 735 1408 775 2378 952 441
Motor gasoline1 087 890-3.01 121 0741 154 6131 177 1111 245 866
Auto diesel, dutiable3 004 535-1.53 051 8093 135 1972 993 4942 901 274
Auto diesel, free of duty971 6748.4896 522920 879879 721858 561
Marine gas oil and diesel1 308 3746.81 224 8731 336 3491 476 5061 512 646
Light heating oils2132 963-25.5178 458212 515208 941217 789
Heating and lighting kerosene215 8792.815 44019 89420 81224 832
Jet kerosene1 171 8383.71 129 6961 088 1791 123 9321 170 885
Heavy distillate and heavy fuel oil111 836-7.1120 366114 631139 471280 371
Lubricant oils59 8896.656 18957 48749 06558 943
Other petroleum products724 954-3.5751 407695 396706 184681 274

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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
All industries1 087 8903 004 535971 6741 308 374132 96315 8791 171 838111 83659 889724 954
Agriculture, forestry and fishing651121 14221 2695851216693325
Mining and quarrying43 21741 216445 588-40117 9940506-15 963
Manufacture2 5394 32033 17744 57125 4672011810 4303 914109 495
Power and water supply, sewerage/remediation activities101 29312 5633724 9810001680
Construction1 98418 640124 6492 6806679-1001 995289 172
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles24 60374 11735 61911 5218 6545 46033020 2931 765
Wholesale of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and related products53 844287 798450 721382 11755 5998 02611 14931 94730 067338 921
Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores985 0782 381 68590 447389531500380
Railway transport0016 46900000220
Other land transport including postal and courier activities10 840204 626109 78234 45116 1531 82817 426027244
Water transport2 57717 33117 868314 4869 027155068 7429360
Air transport001407101 050 5130611 016
Warehousing, accommodation, food and beverage service activities5 6638 20613 95833 8235 6393537 76001 563398
Public administration, defence activities, education, health and social work activities7432 7904 04217 4935 6241846 8372316100
Private consumers0170000061

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

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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