Licensing position for the Norwegian continental shelf

The total area of sea under Norwegian jurisdiction is almost 6.5 times the size of mainland Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayen. About half the area consists of sedimentary rock that may contain petroleum.
The total area of sea under Norwegian jurisdiction is almost 6.5 times the size of mainland Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayen. About half the area consists of sedimentary rock that may contain petroleum.
APA 2017 24th licensing round Previous licensing rounds

The total area of sea under Norwegian jurisdiction is 2 039 951 km², which is almost 6.5 times the size of mainland Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayen. About half the area of seabed consists of sedimentary rock that may contain petroleum. The extent of this area is indicated by the black line on the map.

The map gives an overview of the current status of the Norwegian continental shelf. The green areas have been opened for petroleum activity by the Storting (Norwegian parliament). The yellow areas have also been opened, but are subject to special arrangements as described in the white paper An industry for the future – Norway's petroleum activities. The areas outlined in red are covered by the system of awards in predefined areas (APA).

Licensing position for the Norwegian continental shelf per May 2017

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Source: The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Source: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Area status for the Norwegian continental shelf

Awards in predefined areas (APA) 2017

Announced Blocks

In the APA 2017 round, the predefined area has been expanded by in total 87 blocks, 34 blocks in the Norwegian Sea and 53 blocks in the Barents Sea. The expansion includes blocks west in the Norwegian Sea and areas around Wisting, Alta and Gohta in the Barents Sea. The aim is to award new production licences in the announced areas at the beginning of 2018. The application deadline for companies is noon 1st of September 2017.

APA 2017 - announced areas

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Source: The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Source: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Awards in predefined areas 2017 – announced areas

24th Licensing Round

Nomination and public consultation

In August/September 2016, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy invited oil companies to nominate blocks in opened areas on the Norwegian shelf for the 24th licensing round. The companies' nominations form an important part of the decision basis for assessments when announcing acreage in the 24th round. In March 2017, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy sent blocks nominated for announcement on a public hearing process.

Announcement

On 21 June 2017, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced the 24th licensing round. The licensing round includes all 102 blocks or parts of blocks, that had been on the public hearing process. Nine blocks are located in the Norwegian Sea and 93 blocks in the Barents Sea. The application deadline for companies is 12 p.m. on 30 November 2017, and the aim is to award new production licenses in the in the first half of 2018.

Blocks announced in the 24th licensing round

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Source: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

Source: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Blocks announced in the 24th licensing round

Previous licensing rounds

Information about the different licensing rounds is found at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's webpage. See the article about Exploration policy for more information about the licensing system.

Updated: 22.06.2017