What happened, and why?
Find out more about Valhall’s history, its licensees, and its economic and social impact over time. Each decade has had its special character.

The beginning


Map of allocated blocks on the Norwegian continental shelf 1965.

Exploration and discovery


The rig Zapata Explorer came from Denmark. In 1974, it found Hod. Then Valhall was proven by the rig Waage Drill in 1975.

Inaugurating the Valhall field


Valhall was put into stream on 1 October 1982 as the fourth field to produce oil and gas on the Norwegian shelf.

A challenging reservoir


Loose lime in the reservoir created challenges for the wells in Vallhall. One solution was to make plugs out of marbles. Eventually one came up with better methods.

Amoco in its own house


In December 1994, Amoco's new building was completed with its own quay facility, seaview and a canteen shaped like a ship's hull.

Valhall sinks - new solutions


In 2000, Valhall received approval for a water injection project, and extended the license period to 2028. With extended life, the field center needed to be renewed.

New development and electrification


In 2013, a new combined process and accomodation platform came into place at Valhall. It is powered by hydropower from shore, which significantly reduced emissions to air.