National Drill Core and Sample Centre

NGU's National Drill Core and Sample Centre (NBPS) in Løkken, Orkland municipality is Norway's national archive for the geological samples, which includes mostly drill cores.

The Center was founded  in 1991 to serve the ore and mineral industry in Norway.  NBPS  houses 600,000 m2 of core samples from drilling projects across the country. The estimated value of the cores is approximately 1 billion Norwegian krone.
The increasing global demand for mineral resources,  new applications of minerals, improved analytical methods, and continuing advancements in science are some the reasons researchers may want to access old drill cores. Core drilling in the mountain landscape is expensive, therefore storing these samples makes economic sense in Norway. Most other geological survey's across the world have similar facilities.

The drill cores at NGU's National Drill Core and Sample Centre (NBPS) come mostly from  inactive or completed NGU projects but the Center may also provides storage of samples for on-going, active external projects. Most material archived at NBPS is open for use by mining and prospecting operations, and the public. Upon payment of a fee, NBPS will restrict access to samples submitted by a licensee.

In addition to drill cores, NBPS stores samples of: 

  • Natural stone and building stone
  • Environmental Geology
  • Marine Geology
  • Quaternary Geology
  • Mining and mining history 
  • Basic geologic mapping 
  • Reference samples from NGU's laboratory)
  • Small special collections

To  view and access archived material, please contact the NBPS or a NGU researcher.

The Web portal,  which NGU runs collaboratively with the Directorate of Mining with the Commissioner of Mines at Svalbard, provides prospecting companies, consulting industry, mining industry and other geological data user, with information about Norwegian mineral resources.

The Web Portal displays first and foremost registered deposits, but also includes the geology, geophysics, registered claims, protected areas, topography, etc., both in text and map format. Users will find descriptions of approximately 5,000 deposits, at varying levels of detail.

Most of the drill cores and other samples that are described on the Web portal are available at the NBPS archive in Løkken. Geodata Center is repository for NGU's printed maps, NGU publications, older original maps and illustrations. Access to these materials is provided is via NGU's library or publication distribution department.

Contact information

  • NGU's Main Office in Trondheim, Central Desk and Information: Tel. +47-73 90 40 00
  • NGU's National Drill Core and Sample Centre (NBPS) in Løkken: Tel. +47-73 90 42 12, +47-48 24 53 44 (Elin Sagvold)