When the five oil companies on Sverdrup negotiated the resource distribution on the field, the oil company Det norske oljeselskap was the only actor that did not sign the agreement. Now, the company may end up with 11, 57 percent ownership, which is lower than the previous proposal (11, 9 percent), which they did not accept. The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum conducted the distribution of shares since the oil companies where not able to come to an agreement themselves. The rest of the field is divided among Statoil (40.03 percent), Lundin Norway (22.6 percent), Petoro (17.36 percent), and Maersk Oil (8.44 percent). – The results of this decision gives all the companies an vested interest in developing and operating the field in the coming decades, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Tord Lien says. Det Norske has not ruled out the possibility of taking the case to court.