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Sales of petroleum products

Figures for marine gas oil and auto diesel are corrected back to 2012. Some of the sales were missing in the previous figures. Read more about the corrections.


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Key figures

-7.2 %

change in sales of petroleum products in 2020

Annual sale of petroleum products, 1000 litres12
Product2020Change from last year, per cent2019201820172016
1The volume of sold motor gasoline and dutiable auto diesel includes biofuels
2Other products: LPG, NGL, aviation gasoline and bitumen
Total sales8 181 475-7.28 813 1579 159 1899 088 4549 206 082
Motor gasoline970 885-5.61 028 3581 087 8901 121 0741 154 613
Auto diesel, dutiable2 842 499-5.22 999 3993 064 6373 109 0893 184 911
Auto diesel, free of duty919 053-0.1920 260973 180897 957922 124
Marine gas oil and diesel1 958 7557.41 823 5811 816 1231 708 7781 756 332
Light heating oils45 741-47.687 210132 963178 458212 515
Heating and lighting kerosene1 241-66.73 72615 87915 44019 894
Jet kerosene521 264-53.41 118 2921 171 8381 129 6961 088 179
Heavy distillate and heavy fuel oil57 070-53.5122 735111 836120 366114 631
Lubricant oils57 672-0.157 73359 88956 18957 487
Other petroleum products807 29523.8651 863724 954751 407695 396

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Table 1 
Sales of petroleum products by industry, 1000 litres

Sales of petroleum products by industry, 1000 litres123
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
1The volume of sold motor gasoline and dutiable auto diesel includes biofuels
2Wholesale fuels and related products also includes sales where buyer is unknown
3Otherer products: LPG, NGL, aviation gasoline and bitumen
All industries970 8852 842 499919 0531 958 75545 7411 241521 26457 07057 672807 295
Agriculture, forestry and fishing:54421 37419 802:...::
Mining and quarrying:2 88038 783:7...567:
Manufacture2 9553 57736 035:10 938.:10 7454 115:
Power and water supply, sewerage/remediation activities:1 0419 658:2 458...76:
Construction2 00631 306112 333:437...932:
Wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles23 91569 07160 51351 1885 341537..21 0712 348
Wholesale of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and related products57 918315 303385 8261 065 55917 72970448 50622 32128 988456 877
Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores871 3002 251 01390 478:::.::.
Railway transport..:.....:.
Other land transport including postal and courier activities7 421151 923119 0389 0473 391.5 636.1452 579
Water transport2 12013 35624 761351 851:..::.
Air transport....::463 558.::
Warehousing, accommodation, food and beverage service activities:1 0638 2359 9401 136::.517:
Public administration, defence activities, education, health and social work activities:::1 4071 7680:.50:
Private consumers....6.....

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