Great interest in the 20th licensing round

When the deadline for applications in the 20th licensing round expired on 7 November, 46 companies had submitted applications.

Director of Exploration Sissel Eriksen in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is very pleased that the companies continue to consider the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea as interesting exploration areas.

”This is one of the largest licensing rounds ever. The companies’ interest shows that new exploration areas on the Norwegian Shelf are competitive in an international perspective as well,” says Eriksen.

The following 46 companies have applied for production licenses, individually or in groups:

  • Aker Exploration AS
  • Bayerngas Norge AS
  • BG Norge AS
  • Bridge Energy AS
  • Centrica Resources Norge AS
  • Chevron Norge AS
  • Concedo ASA
  • ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS
  • Dana Petroleum Norway
  • Det Norske Oljeselskap AS
  • Discover Petroleum AS
  • Dong Norge AS 
  • Edison International Spa
  • Endeavour Energy Norge AS
  • Eni Norge AS
  • E. ON Ruhrgas Norge
  • Excel Expro Norge AS
  • ExxonMobil E&P Norway AS
  • Faroe Petroleum Norge AS
  • Gaz de France Norge AS
  • Genesis Petroleum Norway AS
  • Hess Norge AS
  • Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS
  • Lotos EPN AS
  • Lundin Norway AS
  • Marathon Petroleum Norge AS
  • Nexen Exploration Norge AS
  • North Energy AS
  • Norwegian Energy Company ASA
  • OMV Norge AS PA Resources Norway AS
  • Petro-Canada Norge AS
  • PGNiG Norway AS
  • Repsol YPF
  • Revus Energy ASA
  • Rocksource ASA
  • RWE Dea Norge AS
  • Sagex Petroleum Norge AS
  • AS Norske Shell
  • Skagen 44 AS
  • Spring Energy Norway AS
  • StatoilHydro ASA
  • Svenska Petroleum Exploration Norge AS
  • Talisman Energy Norge AS
  • Total E&P Norge AS 
  • Wintershall Norge AS


Now the work of evaluating the applications begins. The NPD seeks to find the best strategy for exploring the areas, and therefore looks for companies with the best knowledge and the best applications;” says Eriksen.

”Companies that are awarded production licenses must possess technical expertise and a good understanding of geology. In addition, emphasis is placed on financial strength and experience.”

Group applications are subject to an assessment of the composition of the group, recommended operator and joint competence.

Awards are planned for March/April 2009, at the same time as the consideration of the management plan for the Norwegian Sea. The award of blocks in the Norwegian Sea shall be in accordance with the conclusion of the management plan.

The companies could apply for production licences for a total of 79 blocks or parts of blocks. Fishery and environmental conditions are linked to the blocks. The NPD itself has thoroughly mapped all of the announced blocks.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy plans to award new production licences in the 20th licensing round in March/April 2009.

Applications in previous rounds
17th licensing round: 13 companies
18th licensing round: 18 companies
19th licensing round: 24 companies

Contact in the NPD
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, telephone +47 51 87 61 00


Long haul in the 20th licensing round

Press release from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy