Senior geologist Harald Brekke has been elected to the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).
The election took place at the United Nations’ New York headquarters on 15 June. Brekke received 112 votes, the third highest number of votes in his group after Portugal and Canada.
The Commission has 21 members, and is a vital part of the process of finally determining the limits (borders) of the coastal nations’ continental shelf outside of 200 nautical miles.
The Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf was established under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. In order to provide recommendations on the outer limits for coastal states’ continental shelf outside 200 nautical miles, the outer limit must be documented vis-à-vis the UN’s Continental Shelf Commission.
Based on the scientific criteria of the Convention, the Commission will issue recommendations on the location of the limits of the continental shelf. Limits determined based on the Commission’s recommendations will be final.
“We are very pleased that Harald was elected once again to the Commission. It is also a recognition of the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and our expertise. I am very proud of this,” says acting Director General Torgeir Stordal.
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.