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08/01/2009 Eight new companies were pre-qualified as licensees or operators on the Norwegian shelf in 2008. An additional 15 companies are currently being evaluated.
The pre-qualification scheme was introduced as a consequence of the authorities' desire to bring competent new players onto the Norwegian shelf. Since the scheme was established in 2000, a total of 55 companies have been pre-qualified as operators and licensees.
The four companies that were pre-qualified as licensees in 2008 are:
The four companies that were pre-qualified as operators are:
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 companies that are currently licensees/operators with a low level of activity, but want to increase their activity.
The following 15 companies were under consideration as operators* or licensees at year-end 2008:
Bayern Gas*, Bow Valley Energy, Bridge Energy*, Canamens Energy, Dyas BV, Edison*, Elexir Petroleum, Faroe Petroleum*, Fram Exploration, North Energy*, Oilexco, Pioneer*, Skagen 44*, Skeie Energy* og Spring Energy*.