OSLO, Norway -- The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has received nominations from 46 companies for blocks in the 20th licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf. In the 19th licensing round, 19 companies participated in the nomination process; 301 blocks or parts of blocks had been nominated.
The companies that nominated blocks are: Aker Exploration ASA, A/S Norske Shell, BG Norge AS, Bridge Energy AS, Centrica Resources (Norge) AS, Chevron Norge AS, Concedo ASA, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS, Dana Petroleum Norway ASA, Det norske oljeselskap AS, Discover Petroleum AS, DONG E&P Norge AS, E.ON Ruhrgas Norge AS, Edison International SPA, Endeavour Norge AS, Eni Norge AS, Esso Norge AS, Excel Expro Norway AS, Faroe Petroleum Norge AS, Gaz de France Norge AS, Genesis Petroleum Norway AS, Hess Norge AS, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS, Lundin Norway AS, Maersk Oil Exploration Norway AS, Marathon Petroleum Norge AS, Nexen Exploration Norge AS, NOIL Energy ASA, Norwegian Energy Company AS, OMV (Norge) AS, PA Resources Norway AS, Petro-Canada Norge AS, Premier Oil Norge AS, Revus Energy ASA, Rocksource ASA, RWE Dea Norge AS, Sagex Petroleum Norge AS, Skagen 44 AS, Skeie Energy AS, StatoilHydro ASA, Svenska Petroleum Exploration AS, Talisman Energy AS, Total E&P Norge AS, VNG Norge AS, Wintershall Norge A/S. The ministry also received nominations from Puffin Oil & Gas Ltd., which is not prequalified or a licensee on the Norwegian shelf.
The companies were invited to nominate blocks in October 2007. As in the 19th licensing round, each company could nominate up to 15 blocks.
The Ministry plans to announce the round before summer 2008. Awards will be finalized during spring 2009.