Nomination of blocks for the 20th licensing round

On Thursday, October 25th, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy invited the oil companies to nominate blocks and/or combinations of blocks that they believe should be included in the 20th licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf. The deadline for submitting nominations is 12 noon, 15 Januray 2008.

Guidelines for nominating blocks for the 20th licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf

The oil companies are invited to nominate blocks in those areas that have been opened up to petroleum activities in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

Exceptions are:
Areas already subject to licences
Areas included in the "predefined areas" (APA)
Particularly valuable areas in the Barents Sea, the polar front, the ice edge, Bjørnøya.
Areas near the coast of Troms and Finnmark
Eggakanten, Nordland VI, Nordland VII and Troms II.

Read more about the expections in report no 8 (2005-2006) to the Storting "Integrated Management of the Marine Environment of the Barents Sea and the Sea Areas off the Lofoten Islands".

The nominated blocks should be divided into two categories - "interesting" and "very interesting".

The total number of nominated blocks should not exceed 15.

The plan is to announce the 20th licensing round before the summer of 2008.  Award of new production licenses is slated for spring 2009.

Contact in the NPD:
Kari Ofstad, tel. +47 51876243, Dag Helliksen tel. +47 51876179