Who will decide on Norwegian oil?

The map shows where the most important discoveries have been made in the North Sea.
The map shows where the most important discoveries have been made in the North Sea.

The oil sources that have been discovered off the Norwegian coast obviously have extremely valuable natural resources from which Norway can benefit greatly economically. But this presupposes that we take care of the opportunities we have. It is impossible if we choose to hold on to the situation as it is in the oil sector today. The international oil companies handle close to 97 percent of the turnover, and when they sell crude oil and crude oil products to their subsidiaries in Norway, they take overprices that cost us close to NOK 350 million a year.

Norwegian import prices have been at European top level, and settlement prices have led to billions in currency losses. The overpricing of the annual oil imports to Esso's refinery results in a currency loss that in three years amounts to sums corresponding to the total costs of building the entire refinery. The amount includes a tax evasion which in 5-6 years amounts to more than what the refinery. . .

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