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.