Awards in predefined areas 2012 (APA 2012) - announcement

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has 30 March 2012 announced the APA 2012, comprising the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

Application deadline

The application deadline for APA 2012 is 12:00 hrs on Thursday 6 September 2012. The awards are planned to be made in first quarter of 2013.

Application Area 

The predefined areas (APA boxes) have been extended with more blocks and parts of blocks since APA 2011. The new areas are in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and 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 licence 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 governmental approved relinquishment. The acreage will be included consecutively 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:


Awards in predefined areas 2012 (APA 2012) - announcement



How to apply for APA 2012

Each company applying for APA 2012 shall submit the following to the authorities:

  1. Application letter from the company, including information about the company
  2. Application(s)

Application letter and information about company

A formal application letter, listing all applications the company participates in, individually or as part of a group, shall be sent or delivered together with the company information in one copy to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and one copy to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate by the application deadline. Company information must be enclosed electronically on a CD/DVD.

See Guide 1 for content of application letter and Guide 2 regarding content of company information.

Application fee

An application fee of NOK 109 000 is due upon submission of each APA 2012 application, including applications for additional acreage. Payment shall be made to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, account no.: 7694.05.00326 and marked ”APA2012_(block no.)”. Copy of receipt must be included in the company application letter.


Applications for APA 2012 shall be sent or delivered with one copy to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and two identical copies to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. Applications must be submitted both electronically on CD/DVD and a paper copy. See Guide 3 regarding application content.


  1. Guide to Application letter from Company APA 2012
  2. Guide to Company Information APA 2012
  3. Guide to Application for Production Licence APA 2012

Tables to be included in application:

Other Information for the application

Data collection:


Contacts in the NPD: tel. +47 51 87 67 75 (coordinator) tel. +47 51 87 64 04 (application) tel. +47 51 87 63 79 (company information)