Awards in predefined areas 2010 (APA 2010) - announcement

Ministry of petroleum and energy has 19 February 2010 announced the APA 2010, comprising the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

Application deadline
The application deadline for APA 2010 is 12:00 hrs on Wednesday 15. September 2010. Awards are planned at the turn of the year 2010 / 2011.

Application Area
The predefined areas (APA boxes) are extended with more blocks and parts of blocks since APA 2009. The new areas are in the Norwegian Sea and in the Barents Sea. Applications can be made for any blocks or parts of blocks within the predefined areas which are not already included in a license at the closing date for application. This entails that acreage which is relinquished in the application period is regarded as announced at the time of relinquishment. The acreage will consecutively be included in the predefined areas on NPD's interactive fact maps, see links below. Map showing available acreage within predefined areas at the time of announcement:



How to apply in APA 2010
Each company applying in APA 2010 shall submit the following to the authorities:

  1. Application letter from the Company, including receipt copy for paid application fee
  2. Information about the Company
  3. Application(s)

1. Application letter from Company
A formal application letter, listing all applications the company participates in, individually or as part of a group, shall be submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate within the application deadline, together with company information and application(s). See Guidelines 1 below.

Application fee
An application fee of NOK 109 000 is due upon submission of each APA 2010 application, including applications for additional acreage. Payment shall be made to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, account No.: 7694.05.00326 and be marked ”APA2010_(block no.)”. Copy of receipt must be included in the company application letter.

2. Information about the Company
Company information shall be sent to the authorities both electronically on CD/DVD and in paper copy within the application deadline. See Guidelines 2 regarding content of company information.

3. Application(s)
Application for awards in APA 2010 shall be sent or delivered in one copy to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and two identical copies to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. The application must be both electronic on CD/DVD and in paper copy. See Guidelines 3 regarding application content.


Tables to be included in application:

Other Information for the application

Data collection


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