Licensing rounds

The numbered licensing rounds, which include frontier parts of the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS), are normally held every other year. The Awards in Predefined Areas (APA), which comprise the mature parts of the shelf with known geology and good infrastructure, are announced every year. Companies wanting to pursue petroleum operations on the NCS must be qualified as a licensee or operator. A prequalification process is provided to assess whether applicants meet government requirements.

Nominasjon til 24. konsesjonsrunde
  FRONTIER AREAS
MATURE AREAS

The 24th licensing round

Today, 21 June 2017, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) announced the 24th licensing round. In this round, 102 blocks/parts of blocks will be announced, divided among 9 in the Norwegian Sea and 93 in the Barents Sea.

APA 2017

When the application deadline for Awards in Pre-defined Areas (APA 2017) expired on 1 September, the authorities had received applications from 39 companies. This is six more than in last year’s round.

See archive for previous licensing rounds and awards.
     
Seismic    

Seismic data

All seismic data acquired on the Norwegian continental sheld (NCS) must be delivered to the NPD. Depending on the type of survey, seismic data sets are made available to the market after two, five or ten years.

Seismic data overview.

Geological plays

 

 

Geological plays and SHAPE-files

A play is a geographically and stratigraphically delimited area where a specific set of geological factors such as reservoir rock, trap, mature source rock and migrations paths exist in order that petroleum may be provable.

Go to Geological plays

NPD bulletins  

NPD bulletins

The NPD bulletins summarise the current stratigraphical nomenclature (naming system) on the Norwegian shelf. Stratigraphy is the geology branch which studies strata, age, composition and distribution of stratified geological sediments.

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Increased value creation

A diversity of companies promotes competition and efficient utilisation of resources. Norwegian authorities therefore paves the way for new players on the shelf. New players must be pre-qualified before they can apply in licensing rounds.

They shall contribute to value creation through their technical petroleum expertise. They must also have HSE expertise that helps reinforce safety on the shelf.

Area fees provides an incentive for companies to move from discoveries to development and production in the areas for which they have been awarded licences. The fees are payable each year per square kilometre of the area covered by a production licence.

No area fee is paid for areas that are being actively explored or where there is production.

Relevant

Read more about Norway’s exploration policy on norskpetroleum.no.