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Today, 18 June, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy offers 12 new production licences to 11 companies in the 24 th licensing round.
Three licences are in the Norwegian Sea and nine licences are offered in the Barents Sea.
“I am pleased to see that we are now offering exploration acreage in the Norwegian Sea in a numbered licensing round. Two of the new licences are located in deep water, in the western part of the Norwegian Sea. It is encouraging that the industry wants to explore these frontier areas of the shelf,” says Director Exploration Torgeir Stordal.
Stordal also finds the interest in acreage in in the eastern part of the Norwegian Sea positive; “If discoveries are made, this area can contribute important additional resources to the existing infrastructure”.
Nine production licences are being offered in the Barents Sea. These are in geological provinces that have been subject to less exploration until now. Two of the new licences are additional acreage to existing production licences.
“Our analyses show that the largest undiscovered resource potential on the Norwegian Continental Shelf is in the Barents Sea. We also believe that this is the area on the Shelf most likely to deliver large discoveries,” says Stordal, who is pleased with the outcome of this round.
“Although no new areas have been opened for exploration, as was the case before the 23rd licensing round, more production licences are offered in the 24th round. This shows that the Norwegian Continental Shelf is attractive to the industry.”
The 24th licensing round was announced 21 June last year. The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced 102 blocks/parts of blocks, of which 9 were in the Norwegian Sea and 93 in the Barents Sea. Nearly half of this acreage is now included in the offers issued today; all 9 blocks in the Norwegian Sea and 38 blocks in the Barents Sea.
Final outlines will be posted on the NPD’s Factpages after the awards are approved by the King in Council. Note that there may be changes in the areas, depending on whether or not the companies accept the offers.