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NPD: Still significant interest in exploration in mature areas

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The NPD has reported that Still significant interest in exploration in mature areas from the APA scheme.

“It is very positive that so many companies still believe that more oil and gas can be discovered on the most mature parts of the shelf. We have received many exciting applications,” says Sissel Eriksen, exploration director in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

The companies have applied for acreage on the whole shelf. The companies are most interested in the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea.

“The APA scheme is important for maintaining the activity level and realising the values on the shelf. The application volume has remained consistently high in recent years, and this demonstrates that the companies also prioritise exploration in mature areas during times with challenging cost and price regimes.”

Now the work on the technical evaluation of the applications begins. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is also evaluating the applicants’ geological concepts and strategy for exploring the areas.

At the application deadline of 6 September 2016, companies could apply for a total of 139 942 km2, while the available area in APA 2015 was 127 608 square km2. The number of applicants for APA 2016 is somewhat lower than for APA 2015.

Adapted from a press release by Louise Mulhall

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