New in APA 2019

This is new in Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2019.

Application submission to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Application to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) must be submitted via L2S Authority Communication.

For more information, please read the guidelines.

Application submission to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
Application to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) can be submitted in any electronic format. L2S Authority Communication is one possible solution to submit applications this year.

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 in “Guide to Application for Production License APA2019” 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.


Application deadline
Applicants are encouraged to submit in good time before the deadline.

Well list

In addition to the list of wells, it is now specified that the NPD would like a short statement regarding the choice of any key wells.


A separate “Discovery_and_Prospect_data” document should be filled out for each prospect.

Work program in additional acreage

A work program is required for additional acreage when the existing production license has no remaining work commitment that includes exploration/drilling of the prospect applied for.

Electronic appendices

As in APA 2018, all worksheets are compiled in three Excel workbooks. The Excel workbooks are loaded electronically into NPD’s database. Therefore, applicants are not allowed to change the Excel format other than to add new rows at the bottom of the worksheets.

Files submitted in the wrong format will be returned to the companies.


Updated: 29/05/2019