APA 2022

All you need to know about the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2022.

25 companies offered ownership interests

On 10 January 2023, 25 companies were offered ownership interests in a total of 47 production licences on the Norwegian shelf in the awards in predefined areas (APA) 2022.

Important information

Press release from the The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy: Great interest in further exploration activity on the Norwegian shelf


Continued significant interest in exploration in mature areas in APA 2022

The authorities have received applications from 26 companies in the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2022. Read the news.


Awards in predefined areas 2022 (APA 2022)

The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced APA 2022 on 14 June 2022, encompassing the predefined areas with blocks in the North Sea, Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea.

Application deadline

The deadline to apply for APA 2022 is Monday 12th of September 2022 at 12:00. Applicants are encouraged to submit in good time before the deadline. Awards are expected during the first quarter of 2023.

Available acreage

Since APA 2021, the predefined areas (APA acreage) have been expanded by 28 blocks in the Barents Sea. Applications can be submitted for all available blocks or parts of blocks within the predefined areas. Blocks or parts of blocks that become available less than 3 months prior to the application deadline, cannot be applied for.

That means that all acreage approved for relinquishment in the period up to three months prior to the application deadline is considered to be announced as of the application deadline. Relinquished area is included on a continuous basis in the predefined area on the NPD’s interactive Factmap, and maps covering the final area that can be applied for will be provided as soon as practically possible. See links below.

Map of area available for application in predefined areas as at the announcement date


The maps show licenced acreage within the APA boundaries as of June14th, 2022. These areas can change during the application period. The NPD’s interactive FactMaps (NPD homepage) contain daily updated information showing the current area available for application.


How to apply in APA 2022

Each company that applies for production licences in APA 2022 must submit the following to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy:

1. Application letter, company information and receipt for paid application fee

2. Application(s)

The submission to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) is via L2S Authority Communication.

The submission to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE) shall be sent in any electronic format. L2S Authority Communication is one possible solution for submission this year.

1. Application letter, company information and receipt for paid application fee

The formal application letter with an overview of all applications the company is participating in, both individually and as a participant in group application(s), shall be submitted together with the company information. See Guide to application letter and company information APA 2022 for more information (pdf)

An application fee of NOK 123,000 must be paid for each application to APA 2022, including applications for additional acreage. When several companies join in a group application to apply for a production licence, this counts as one application.

One of the members of the group pays the fee. Payment shall be made to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, account no.: 7694.05.00326, marked "APA2022 (block number)". A copy of the receipt must be enclosed with the application letter from the company.

2. Application(s)

Each application for a production licence in APA 2022 must be submitted in electronic format. See Guide to Application for Production Licence APA 2022 (pdf)


Forms that must be completed

Shape files that must be included

Other application information:

Available data:


Contact NPD:



Updated: 10/01/2023

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