Guidelines for production permit applications now updated
The revised guidelines for production permit applications are now ready for use. The update is part of the effort to simplify and streamline processes in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).
One of the important improvements is that applications for production permits are more closely linked to submission of the RNB and ASRs.
This means that it will be easier and less labour-intensive for the companies to apply for production permits, and easier for the authorities to process them.
The new guidelines for Annual status reports for fields in operation (ASR) (link to this) were also made available in early September.
Another improvement in the revised guidelines for production permit applications is the better distinction between three main types of production permits:
for new fields
for fields in operation
for special gas permits
Requirements for documentation and the application deadline are also presented more clearly for each application type.
The main rule is that the licensee must apply for a permit for production and injection, as well as flaring and cold-venting, for the upcoming calendar year by 1 November. Facilities that are not associated with a field, and onshore facilities, must also apply for a permit for flaring and cold-venting.
If appropriate, the licensee can also apply for a separate production permit for gas. This applies for the gas volumes to be exported from the field covered by the production permit.
As regards fields applying for a separate gas production permit for a gas year, the application must be submitted by 1 February for the upcoming gas year. Such fields must nevertheless submit an application for a permit for other production, injection, flaring and cold-venting by 1 November.
Fields with long-term gas production permits must apply for a revised permit if the gas production deviates from the long-term production permit.
There are vast proven gas resources on the Norwegian shelf which are currently without development plans. Much of this gas is located in tight reservoirs – which makes it difficult to produce.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has conducted a mapping of gas resources that, for various reasons, have yet to be developed. Several of these discoveries could be produced in a manner that is profitable from a socio-economic perspective.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Harbour Energy Norge AS drilling permit for well 15/9-25 in production licence 1138, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is changing its name to the Norwegian Offshore Directorate as of 1 January 2024. The new name reflects the additional responsibilities assigned to the directorate in recent years.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor Energy ASA drilling permit for well 35/11-28 S in production licence 248 C, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Neptune Energy Norge AS drilling permit for well 35/6-4 A in production licence 929, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.