Broad interest in 20th licensing round on Norwegian continental shelfNews // November 14, 2008
A total of 46 applications from qualified companies have been secured for the 20th licensing round on the Norwegian continental, said the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
The Ministry aims to award new production licenses during the spring of 2009, and notes that a comprehensive management plan for the Norwegian Sea has also recently been finalized.
"It is positive that this many companies want to aim towards new opportunities in the Barents Sea and the Norwegian Sea. Petroleum activities that are undertaken in accordance with important environmental and fisheries concerns can make a significant impact on employment, industrial development and value creation in the northern areas," said Norway's Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Riis-Johansen.
The companies that have applied for production licenses are:
Aker Exploration AS, Bayerngas Norge AS, BG Norge AS, Bridge Energy AS, Centrica Resources Norge AS, Chevron Norge AS, Concedo ASA, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS, Dana Petroleum Norway, Det Norske Oljeselskap AS, Discover Petroleum AS, DONG Norge AS, AS, Edison International Spa, Endeavour Energy Norge AS, Eni Norge AS, E. ON Ruhrgas Norge, Excel Expro Norge AS, ExxonMobil E&P Norway AS, Faroe Petroleum Norge AS, Gaz de France Norge AS, Genesis petroleum Norway AS, Hess Norge AS, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS, Lotos EPN AS, Lundin Norway AS, Marathon Petroleum Norge AS, Nexen Exploration Norge AS, North Energy AS, Norwegian Energy Company ASA, OMV Norge AS, PA Resources Norway AS, Petro-Canada Norge AS, PGNiG Norway AS, Repsol YPF, Revus Energy ASA, Rocksource ASA, RWE Dea Norge AS, Sagex Petroleum Norge AS, AS Norske Shell, Skagen44 AS, Spring Energy Norway AS, StatoilHydro ASA, Svenska Petroleum Exploration Norge AS, Talisman Energy Norge AS, Total E&P Norge AS og Wintershall Norge AS.
The number of applicants in previous licensing rounds were:
19th licensing round: 24 companies
18th licensing round: 18 companies
17th licensing round: 13 companies.