Oljedirektoratet

Continued significant interest in exploration in mature areas in APA 2021

Forsidebilde

The photo shows karstified (dissolved) marble at Liland in Evenes municipality.

15/09/2021 The authorities have received applications from 31 companies in the Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) 2021.

The deadline for applications was 8 September.

«It’s gratifying to see the continued high level of interest to identify additional resources near existing fields and infrastructure», says Kalmar Ildstad, director of licence management at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).

The NPD will now start the work of evaluating the applications with focus on geological understanding and plans for exploration of the areas.

Offers announced early in 2022

When production licences are awarded, emphasis is also placed on the companies’ technical expertise and experience, as well as financial strength.

The authorities plan to announce which companies will be offered ownership interests in APA 2021 early in 2022.

Press release from the Ministry of Petroleum on APA 2021

More about APA 2021

Contact

Ola Anders Skauby

Director Communication, public affairs and emergency response

Tel: +47 905 98 519

Updated: 15/09/2021

Latest news

Dry well in the North Sea
14/06/2024 The ”Toppand east” well 35/11-29 S in the North Sea, drilled by Wellesley, Equinor and Petoro, proved to be dry.
Technology is the key
10/06/2024 Technology Day 2024 turned out to be exactly what the Norwegian Offshore Directorate was hoping for, with presentations and discussions about acquiring subsurface data, challenging barrels and next-generation production systems.
Our experts perform important work for the entire industry
07/06/2024 Experts in the Norwegian Offshore Directorate are key speakers at the EAGE technical conference. Here they’ll talk about scientific work that benefits the industry as well as the broader society.
Announcement of acreage for CO2 storage on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
06/06/2024 On 6th of June 2024, the Ministry of Energy announced three areas for CO2 storage pursuant to the CO2 Storage Regulations. These areas comprises defined blocks in the North Sea.
Many new mud volcanos discovered in the western Barents Sea
06/06/2024 As many as ten new mud volcanos have been proven in water depths of 440-480 meters in the western Barents Sea.
Drilling permit for well 6605/6-1 S
05/06/2024 The Norwegian Offshore Directorate has granted OMV (Norge) AS drilling permit for well 6605/6-1 S in production licence 1194, cf. Section 13 of the Resource Management Regulations.
The strike called off
05/06/2024 Starting Wednesday June 5th 23 employees in the Norwegian Offshore Directorate, that are members of the trade union Unio, are on strike. Update: On Wednesday morning, all employees are back to work as normal.
Large area with new released datasets in the Barents Sea
04/06/2024 The announced APA area in the Barents Sea has been expanded with 34 blocks, featuring good coverage thanks to recently released seismic data.
Dry well in the Barents Sea
30/05/2024 Exploration well 7219/6-1 “Venus” in the Barents Sea was dry.
Dry well in the North Sea
30/05/2024 Aker BP drilled the dry well 24/6-5 “Alvheim Deep” in the North Sea.