Bids close for latest offshore Norway license round

Forty-seven companies have applied for licenses under Norway’s predefined areas (APA) 2014 bid round.

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – Forty-seven companies have applied for licenses under Norway’s predefined areas (APA) 2014 bid round.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) now starts the evaluation process.

“We are looking for the best applicants, companies with good knowledge, new geological concepts, and the best strategy for exploring the areas,” said Sissel Eriksen, NPD’s exploration director.

The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry will likely award the production licenses in January

Total acreage of 109,205 sq km (42,164 sq mi) was open for applications this year. Compared withAPA 2013, the predefined areas were expanded to include six more blocks in the Norwegian Sea and three in the Barents Sea.

This year’s bidders were as follows:

A/S Norwegian Shell

Atlantic Petroleum Norway AS

Bayerngas Norway AS

BG Norway AS

Capricorn Norway AS

Centrica Resources (Norway) AS

Concedo ASA

ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS

Core Energy AS

The Norwegian Oil Company ASA

DONG E&P Norway AS

E.ON E&P Norway AS

Edison International Norway Branch

Eni Norway AS


Explora Petroleum AS

Exxon Mobil Exploration & Production Norway AS

Faroe Petroleum Norway AS

Fortis Petroleum Norway AS


Idemitsu Petroleum Norway AS

Ithaca Petroleum Norway AS

Kufpec Norway AS

Lime Petroleum Norway AS

Lotos Exploration and Production Norway AS

Lundin Norway AS

Maersk Oil Norway AS

Moeco Oil & Gas Norway AS

Noreco Norway AS

North Energy ASA

OMV (Norway) AS

Petrolia Norway AS

PGNiG Upstream International AS

Premier Oil Norway AS

Repsol Exploration Norway AS

Rock Source Exploration Norway AS

RWE Dea Norway AS

Skagen44 AS

Spike Exploration Holding AS

Statoil Petroleum AS

Suncor Energy Norway AS

Svenska Petroleum Exploration AS

Talisman Energy Norway AS

Total E&P Norway AS

Tullow Oil Norway AS

VNG Norway AS

Wintershall Norway AS


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