The shelf in 2007 - New players

14/01/2008 A total of 13 new companies were pre-qualified as licensees or operators on the Norwegian shelf in 2007.  14 companies are currently being considered.

The pre-qualification scheme was introduced as a consequence of the authorities' desire to bring competent new players onto the Norwegian shelf.

Six companies were pre-qualified as licensees in 2007: Genesis, Concedo, Bayern Gas, Flying High, Skagen 44 and PGNiG.

Seven companies were pre-qualified as operators: Premier, E.ON Ruhrgas, Petrofac, Aker Exploration, Sagex, Discover and Rocksource.

From the establishment of the scheme in 2000 until the end of 2007, a total of 48 companies have been pre-qualified as operators and licensees.

The pre-qualification scheme gives the companies an opportunity to secure an assessment of their suitability for participation on the Norwegian shelf – before they devote resources to evaluating specific business opportunities.

The scheme is also used if the authorities deem it necessary to carry out a new review/pre-qualification of a company that is currently a licensee/operator with a low level of activity, but wants to increase its activity.

Fourteen companies were under consideration at year-end 2007: Oilexco, Pioneer, Canamens Energy, North Energy, Bow Valley Energy, Grupa Lotus, Perenco, Repsol, Dana Petroleum, Skeie Energy, Spring Energy, 4 Sea Energy, Dyas BV and Elexir Petroleum.

Updated: 04/09/2009