Our heritage

We are Norway's oldest oil and gas company. Our more than 40-year history has taken us from the North Sea to the Middle East and North Africa.

The company was founded in 1971 by a group of young, adventurous shipowners and industrial leaders, just as Norway’s oil adventure was taking off.

Since then, DNO has continued to attract the type of people who are willing to take chances, venturing into new activities and new geographic areas, both onshore and offshore.

DNO has been an oil and gas explorer with a global mindset from the start. Following forays into the Norwegian and UK sectors of the North Sea and later East and West Africa, DNO evolved into a significant Middle East and North Africa player.

DNO kicked off its activities in the Middle East and North Africa with its entry into Yemen in 1998. In 2004, we were one of the first international oil companies to enter the Kurdistan region of Iraq, at a time when the Kurdish region’s oil industry was virtually non-existent.

We expanded our portfolio by entering Tunisia in 2010, Oman in 2012 and Somaliland in 2013.

DNO re-entered the North Sea during 2017, acquiring offshore exploration licenses in Norway and the United Kingdom. This has since expanded to include the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.