Licensing position for the Norwegian continental shelf

The total area of sea under Norwegian jurisdiction is almost 6 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 times the size of mainland Norway, Svalbard and Jan Mayen. About half the area consists of sedimentary rock that may contain petroleum.
APA 2020 APA 2019 25th licensing round Previous licensing rounds

The total area of sea under Norwegian jurisdiction is 2 279 965 km², which is almost 6 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 the white paper no. 20 (2019-2020). The areas outlined in red are covered by the system of awards in predefined areas (APA).

Licensing position for the Norwegian continental shelf

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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) 2020

Announcement

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced 19 June 2020 the APA 2020. The predefined areas (APA acreage) have been expanded with a total of 36 blocks in Norwegian Sea. The deadline for applications is set for 22 September 2020, and the aim is to grant new production licences in early 2021. More detailed information can be found on the NPD’s website.

Awards in predefined areas (APA) 2019

Offers for ownership interests

14 January 2020, 28 companies have been offered ownership interests in a total of 69 production licences in the APA 2019. Of the 69 production licences, 33 are in the North Sea, 23 in the Norwegian Sea and 13 in the Barents Sea. The authorities have offered acreage in the expanded APA area, both in the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea. More information about the APA 2019 can be found at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate's webpage.

Licence shares offered in APA 2019

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APA 2019 - Offered shares
Source: The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

25th Licensing Round

Public consultation

In June 2020, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy proposed announcing nine areas in the 25th licensing round, distributed over eight areas in the Barents Sea and one area in the Norwegian Sea. Numbered licensing rounds are implemented in less well-known areas. The proposal will now be submitted for public consultation. The deadline for consultation comments has been set at 26 August 2020. After the consultation input has been assessed, the 25th licensing round will be announced during the course of autumn 2020. The plan is to set the application deadline in the new year, with estimated awards during the second half of 2021.

Previous licensing rounds

Information about previous 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: 16.09.2020