Nominations to the 21st licensing round

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has received proposals from 43 companies regarding which blocks the companies believe should be included in the 21st licensing round on the Norwegian shelf.

The deadline for nominating blocks was 13 January.

46 companies nominated blocks in the previous licensing round.

307 blocks or parts of blocks have been nominated, with 138 blocks being nominated by two or more companies.

The oil companies have thus had an opportunity to nominate the blocks they find interesting. Now the Norwegian authorities will prepare a proposal for which blocks will be announced. This proposal will be subject to a public consultation process, where all stakeholders will be invited to give their opinion. The Government will then decide which blocks should be announced, based on an overall evaluation.

Companies that have submitted nominations:

  • AS Norske Shell,
  • Bayerngas Norge AS,
  • BG Norge AS,
  • Bridge Energy AS,
  • Centrica Energi,
  • Chevron Norge AS,
  • Concedo ASA,
  • ConocoPhillips Norge,
  • Dana Petroleum Norway AS,
  • Det norske oljeselskap ASA,
  • Discover Petroleum AS,
  • Dong E&P Norge AS,
  • E.ON Ruhrgas Norge AS,
  • Edison International Norway Branch,
  • Eni Norge AS,
  • Excel Expro Norge AS,
  • ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway AS,
  • Faroe Petroleum Norge AS,
  • GDF SUEZ E&P Norge AS,
  • Hess Norge AS,
  • Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS,
  • Lundin Norway AS,
  • Maersk Oil Norway AS,
  • Marathon Petroleum Norge AS,
  • Nexen Exploration Norge AS,
  • North Energy ASA,
  • Norwegian Energy Company AS – Noreco, OMV (Norge) AS,
  • Petro-Canada Norge AS,
  • PGNiG Norway AS,
  • Repsol Exploration Norge AS,
  • Rocksource ASA, RWE Dea Norge AS,
  • Sagex Petroleum ASA,
  • Skagen44 AS,
  • Skeie Energy AS,
  • Spring Energy Norway AS,
  • Statoil ASA,
  • Svenska Petroleum Exploration AS,
  • Talisman Energy Norge AS,
  • Total E&P Norge AS,
  • VNG Norge AS,
  • Wintershall Norge ASA

The companies were invited to nominate blocks on 5 November 2009. In keeping with the routine followed in recent licensing rounds, the companies were encouraged to restrict the number of nominated blocks to the 15 blocks they found most interesting.

The plan calls for the announcement of the 21st licensing round before this summer. Licence awards are scheduled for the spring of 2011. 

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