Awards in predefined areas 2017 (APA 2017) - announcement

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has 2 May 2017 announced the APA 2017, comprising predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea.

Application deadline

The application deadline for APA 2017 is 12:00 a.m. hrs on Friday 1. September 2017. The awards will be announced during the first quarter of 2018.

Application Area

The predefined areas (APA acreage) have been expanded with 34 blocks in the Norwegian Sea and 53 blocks in the Barents Sea since APA 2016. 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 01. June 2017, three months before the closing date for application, see links below.

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

Map showing available acreage within predefined areas at the time of announcemen


How to apply for APA 2017

Each company applying for APA 2017 must submit the following to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate:

  1. Application letter from the company, two copies in paper format and one copy on a memory stick
  2. Application(s), one application per memory stick
  3. Company information on a memory stick

The above documents must also be submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in electronic format.

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 in electronic format. Two copies of the application letter must be submitted to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate in paper copy. One copy of the application letter must be enclosed electronically on a memory stick by the application deadline. Company information must be enclosed electronically on a memory stick to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

See Guide to Application letter from Company APA2017 for content of application letter and Guide to Company Information APA2017 regarding content of company information.

2. Application(s)

Applications for a production licence in APA 2017 are delivered in electronic format in one copy each to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

See Guide to application for Production Licence APA 2017 regarding application content.

3. Application fee:

An application fee of NOK 123 000 must be paid for each application submitted for APA 2017, including for applications for additional acreage. When multiple companies join forces in an AMI/group to apply for a production licence, this is considered to be one application. One of the group members will then ensure collective payment of the fee. Payments are made to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, account no.: 7694.05.00326 and must be labelled “APA2017_(block no.)”. A copy of the receipt is enclosed with the application letter from the company.


Tables to be included in application: (Excel spreadsheet)

Shape files that must be filled out:

Other application information

Data collection:

Extended map updates

To ensure that as many relinquished licenses as possible will be included in the available acreage for APA 2017, the NPD interactive maps will not be closed for new updates until Wednesday 7 June.

Number of pages and illustrations in the applications

We would like to emphasize that the number of pages and illustrations specified for the individual chapters are to be considered as guiding. Additional text and/or illustrations/tables are allowed if necessary. If you are uncertain in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact us.


As of 2017, the application will no longer be accepted in a printed version. The application should be submitted electronically on a memory stick to the NPD.

Applications should be submitted to the NPD on memory stick (one (1) memory stick per application). Files on the memory stick must be delivered in the specified format and size and must be structured and named according to the guidelines.

A label with the company name must be securely affixed to the memory stick. The memory stick must be labelled in a manner which clearly shows which application it relates to.

In the application letter, a minimum of 2 contact persons available in Norway during the application period must be named.

The total size of the application must not exceed 400 MB.


Contacts in the NPD:  tel. + 47 51 87 61 90 tel. +47 51 87 64 04 tel. +47 51 87 60 72 tel. +47 51 87 62 97 (company information and finances)

Updated: 14/03/2019