Awards in predefined areas 2015 (APA 2015) - announcement

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has 21 April 2015 announced the APA 2015, comprising the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

Application deadline

The application deadline for APA 2015 is 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday 2 September 2015. The awards will be announced during the first quarter of 2016.

Application Area

The predefined areas (APA boxes) have been extended with more blocks since APA 2014. The new areas include 35 blocks in the Norwegian Sea and 11 blocks in the Barent Sea. Applications can be submitted for any blocks or parts of blocks within the predefined areas that are not already included in a licence three months before 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 until 2 June 2015, three months before the closing date for application, see links below.

Map showing available acreage within predefined areas at the time of announcement:



How to apply for APA 2015 

Each company applying for APA 2015 shall submit the following to the authorities:

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

1. 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 memory stick.

See Guide to Application letter from Company APA2015 for content of application letter and Guide to Company Information APA2015 regarding content of company information.

Application fee

An application fee of NOK 119.000 is due upon submission of each APA 2015 application, including applications for additional acreage. Payment shall be made to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, account no.: 7694.05.00326 and marked ”APA2015_(block no.)”. Copy of receipt must be included in the company application letter.

2. Application(s)

Applications for APA 2015 shall be sent or delivered with one copy electronically on memory stick to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and two identical copies to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate. Applications to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate must be submitted both electronically on memory stick and as a paper copy.

See Guide to application for Production Licence APA2015 regarding application content.


Tables to be included in application: (Excel regneark) 

Shape files that must be filled out:

Other application information

Data collection:

Contacts in the NPD: