Berge Leaving NPD Post to Become Petoro Chairman

Gunnar Berge was appointed Director General in 1990. However, he did not take up his position until January 1, 1997, owing to his term of office as Member of the Storting (Parliament) and later as Minister of Local Government and Labor. He is now in his second term as Director General, which expires December 31, 2008.

"My resignation today, 26 June 2007, is according to my own wishes, and in consultation with the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. I have been offered, and have accepted the position of Chairman of the Board of Petoro AS. This commission cannot be combined with the role of Director General," says Mr. Berge.

Gunnar Berge has held a long line of important positions in Norwegian society. He was elected representative for the county of Rogaland to the Storting from 1969 to 1993. He was Minister of Finance during the period 1986 - 1989, and Minister of Local Government and Labor during the period 1992-1996. He became a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 1997, and was Chairman of the Committee from 2000 to 2002.

"I would like to extend my thanks to Gunnar Berge for his contribution. As Director General he has headed the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in a very good manner. During his term of office, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has held a high professional standard and legitimacy, and represents a holistic view of the petroleum activities at a time when several different institutions share the responsibility for the activities," said Minister of Petroleum and Energy Odd Roger Enoksen.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has appointed Bente Nyland as Acting Director General. Today Bente Nyland is a member of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's management team.