Norwegian Petroleum Directorate welcomes new director general

Source: press release, 11 October 2019

Ingrid Sølvberg to become new NPD director general
Ingrid Sølvberg to become new NPD director general (photo: NPD)

Ingrid Sølvberg will take over the post of director general of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, following Bente Nyland.

Sølvberg was appointed by the King in Council today, 11 October. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has not yet set the date for the transition.

The director general position in the NPD is posted as a fixed term engagement of 6 years, with the option of an additional 6-year period. Bente Nyland’s second term period will expire at the end of the year.

Nyland congratulates Ingrid Sølvberg on her new job, saying, “This is one of the most exciting jobs in the petroleum activities. I’ve looked forward to going to work every single day. I wish Ingrid the best of luck.”

Sølvberg says she looks forward to taking up this leading role. After more than 5 years as a member of the NPD’s strategic management team with responsibility for development and operations, she is thoroughly familiar with the organisation, and she is well-acquainted with the activity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

“Bente Nyland has done a great job as director general. She has spoken out as a clear advocate for exploiting the resources on the Norwegian Shelf in the best way possible, and for ensuring that this value creation benefits the entire society,” says Sølvberg, who makes no attempt to downplay the fact that she will have some “big shoes to fill”.

Ingrid Sølvberg is a civil engineer ( with a degree in marine technology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTH, now NTNU). She assumed the post of Director of development and operations in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in June 2014. She started off her career in Statoil (now Equinor) in 1995 as a subsea engineer, and she was assigned her first management position in 2004. Sølvberg has held a number of management positions, including Director of platform technology and marine surveys in the period from 2007-2010 and then as HSE director for the company’s midstream and downstream activity.

In 2012, Sølvberg joined Centrica as commercial manager, before taking the position as the NPD’s Director for the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea in 2013. She has held positions on the board of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and the Ship Manouvering Simulator Center (SMSC).