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Equinor has offically made a complete set of data from a North Sea oil field available for research, study and development purposes. Find out more about this unique initiative here ‚ÄĒ and follow the instructions to download the files.

We hereby grant all academic institutions, students and researchers permission to use this dataset in accordance with the Equinor Open Data Licence below, without any need for further written permission from us. This page is sufficient documentation and additional letters of permission are not required.

Background: Disclosing all Volve data

For the first time, all subsurface and production data from a field on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) will be disclosed.

Together with the Volve licence partners, we have decided to disclose all subsurface and operating data from the Volve field. This will be the most comprehensive NCS data release ever made. We wish to support the energy innovators of the future, and therefore announced in June 2018 that we would be sharing a complete set of data from the Norwegian continental shelf for research and study purposes.

Read the press release (14 June 2018)

40,000 data files

The dataset comprises approximately 40,000 files from the Volve field, which was in production from 2008 to 2016. The data has been released to give students and scientists a realistic case to study. Our intention is to support learning, innovation and new solutions for the energy future.

September 2020:

New licence, Equinor Open Data Licence (supersedes Creative Commons)

The beta version of the file set was released in June 2018 and replaced by a new version in October 2018. The files were subject to a licence based on a Creative Commons licence to ensure a standardised, internationally-recognised approach to licencing the data, and to protect the rights of the data owners. As of September 2020, the Equinor Open Data Licence (download below) supersedes the Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) and now applies retrospectively to all data, meaning that they shall not be resold, and, if shared, the data owners shall be attributed. NB. Please note that this also applies retrospectively to all previously published files in the Volve dataset beta version.


The users of the information and data are expressly informed that the data provided by Equinor and the former Volve Licence partners is provided on an ‚Äúas is‚ÄĚ basis and may contain errors and omissions. Equinor and former Volve licence partners provide no warranties, expressed or implied, either relating to the content or to the relevance of the data. Equinor disclaims any liability for errors and defects associated with the data to the maximum extent permitted by law. Equinor and the former Volve Licence partners shall not be liable for any direct or indirect losses as a result of use of the data or concerning possible infringement of any intellectual property and/or patent rights of a third party.


Files are stored on Azure, and may be downloaded using AzCopy for Windows or Linux. You may also wish to try a VM in an Azure Cloud near you or in Northern Europe. 30-day trial accounts are available here. If you experience difficulties with downloading the data files, please contact us using email, specifying Volve Data Village in your email. Please note: End of well reports are included, but not separately labelled. If you experience problems downloading the data or have questions about the datasets, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or consult the Forum in the links above.