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APA 2008 – broad interest for mature areas on the Norwegian shelf

By the deadline for applications in the awards in predefined areas (APA) 2008 on the Norwegian continental shelf, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has received applications from 47 companies

By the deadline for applications in the awards in predefined areas (APA) 2008 on the Norwegian continental shelf, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has received applications from 47 companies. The Ministry aims to award new production licenses for APA 2008 early in 2009.

- It is positive to see that many companies still find interesting opportunities in areas that have been available for exploration for several years. Several new companies among the applicants also reflect the diversity on the Norwegian shelf. The broad interest for APA 2008 shows that there is still a broad interest for mature areas on the Norwegian shelf, says Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Terje Riis- Johansen.

The Purpose of the APA-arrangement is to encourage exploration activity in mature areas where expectations are smaller discoveries that does not justify an independent development. It is therefore prudent resource management to discover and develop these resources before existing infrastructure connected to other fields is shut down.

The companies that have applied for production licenses are:

4SEA Energy AS, Aker Exploration AS, Bayerngas Norge AS, BG Norge AS, Bridge Energy AS, Centrica Resources Norge AS, Concedo ASA, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS, Dana Petroleum Norway, Det Norske Oljeselskap AS, Discover Petroleum AS, DONG Norge AS, Edison International Spa, Endeavour Energy Norge AS, Eni Norge AS, E. ON Ruhrgas Norge AS, Excel Expro Norge AS, ExxonMobil E&P Norway AS, Faroe Petroleum Norge AS, Gaz de France Norge AS, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS, Lotos E&P Norge AS, Lundin Norway AS, Maersk Oil Norway AS, Marathon Petroleum Norge AS, Nexen Exploration Norge AS, North Energy AS, Norwegian Energy Company ASA, OMV Norge AS, PA Resources Norway AS, PGNiG Norway AS, Premier Oil Norge AS, Repsol YPF, Revus Energy ASA, Rocksource ASA, RWE Dea Norge AS, Sagex Petroleum Norge AS, AS Norske Shell, Skagen44 AS, Skeie Energy AS, Spring Energy Norway AS, StatoilHydro ASA, Svenska Petroleum Exploration Norge AS, Talisman Energy Norge AS, Total E&P Norge AS, VNG Norge AS and Wintershall Norge AS.