20th licensing round – announcement

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has today, June 27th 2008, announced the 20th licensing round. The Government will include 79 blocks/parts of blocks in the 20th licensing round, with 51 in the Norwegian Sea and 28 in the Barents Sea.

In a comment, Sissel Eriksen, NPD's Director Exploration, states that the announced blocks in the Barents Sea are important for further exploration.
Wells drilled in this area will provide more information that may lead to the opening of new exploration areas.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is concerned with sequential exploration. This means that new blocks are awarded on the basis of knowledge gained from already awarded areas. Work commitments still remain in previously awarded blocks in the Barents Sea, and these may provide important information, says Eriksen.

There is still a great potential for making discoveries in the Norwegian Sea. This time, the blocks announced are located further west and north-west than in previous announcements. Several of these blocks situated in deep waters in the Vøring basin. This is a complicated and under explored area of the Norwegian shelf, says Eriksen.

The application deadline has been set to 1200 hrs. on 7 November 2008. The awards are scheduled for the spring of 2009.

Contacts in the NPD
Inger Helene Madland, tel 51876292
Wenche Tjelta Johansen, tel 51876761



Relevant links:
Invitation to apply for petroleum production license.pdf
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy

Play models
NPD Bulletins

Information for the application
Guide to application for 20. Licensing Round
Guidelines to enclosures to application
Map with announced blocks 20. Licensing Round  
Block coordinates (MS Word)
Block coordinates (Shape-fil).zip 
Conditions relating to envirnomental concerns and fishery interest
Form 1 (MS Excel).xls 
Form 2 (MS Excel).xls
Form 3 (MS Word).doc
Form 3 enclosures (MS Excel).xls
Form 4 (MS Exel).xls
Form 5 (MS Exel).xls