The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy proposes to add 90 new blocks to the APA area. These blocks are divided between 48 in the Barents Sea, 37 in the Norwegian Sea and 5 in the North Sea. The Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) are announced every year and comprise the mature parts of the shelf, with known geology and good infrastructure.
More than half of the proposed blocks are in the Barents Sea. “It is important to maintain the positive development in the exploration activity in the Barents Sea. I hope this will contribute to robust development solutions and increased value creation in the north.” comments Oil and Energy minister Kjell-Børge Freiberg.
Now there is a public hearing round where only input is asked whether new information is available, which is relevant for the decision where petroleum activity can take place.