The names of many fields in Norway are taken from Norse mythology, with strong roots and steeped in national tradition, according to a Norwegian Ministry white paper "An industry for the future – Norway's petroleum activities."
While this tradition should be continued, the strongest names from Norse mythology are already in use, which means that new types of names should be considered, the report said. "The names given to larger fields in new areas should reflect the industry's importance, both for specific regions and for the nation as a whole," the report said.
"The Ministry therefore plans to make adjustments in the naming of petroleum deposits, to ensure that they fit into a national context and history."And the first field to be renamed under new naming scheme:
The Ministry reported Sept. 11 that it renamed Draupne as Ivar Aasen. Aasen was a democratic and national strategist who lived in Norway during the 19th century.
Aasen was also a poet and linguist who established New Norwegian, one of two official written forms of the language, based on how Norwegians really spoke.Nothing to do with the Bakken but probably of interest to folks of Norwegian heritage in North Dakota. Including me.