19th Licensing Round - Announcement

The resource potential of the Norwegian Continental Shelf is still significant, and can maintain petroleum activity far into the future. This is directly related to new discoveries being made. Due to this the authorities place high priority on exploration activity and drilling new exploration wells.

In the 19th Licensing Round the Government is announcing 64 blocks. The licensing round includes 30 blocks in the Barents Sea and 34 blocks in the Norwegian Sea. The blocks comprise different types of acreage to ensure exploration of promising areas.  The announcement also gives the basis for a stepwise exploration of the Barents Sea, where the announced acreage includes several key blocks where the petroleum potential of large areas may be tested. The announcement is in line with the environmental requirements set down by the Government when it decided to reopen the Barents Sea for petroleum exploration.

The closing date for applications is 15th November 2005, and awards are scheduled to first quarter of 2006.

Relevant links:

Link to the MPE's press release


Information for the application:

Note: Tables 1-5 updated 17.6.2005

Coordinates for announced blocks (Shape-file in ED50 decimal degrees)

Contact within the NPD:
Dag Helliksen (telephone 51 87 61 79) and
Tore Høy (telephone 51 87 63 18)