Norway opens APA 2016 bid round

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has opened the country’s APA 2016 licensing round, comprising pre-defined areas in the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, and Barents Sea.

Deadline for applications for is midday on Sept. 6, 2016. Awards will follow during 1Q 2017.

The pre-defined areas include more blocks than APA 2015, with 24 new blocks in the Norwegian Sea and 32 in the Barents Sea.

Applications can be submitted for any blocks or part-blocks not already included in a license three months prior to the closing date.

This entails that acreage relinquished during the application period is regarded as announced at the time of the government-approved relinquishment.


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(Courtesy Norwegian Petroleum Directorate)

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