New Boundaries Set for the Norwegian Shelf

The UN will set new boundaries for the Norwegian continental shelf in 2007.

In 1996, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs assigned the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate the task of collecting data and mapping areas in the Norwegian Sea and Barents Sea to find out how far the Norwegian Shelf extends beyond the 200-mile limit. Should Norway win acceptance for its position, the Norwegian shelf will grow by approximately 250,000 square kilometers.

Shelf boundaries are regulated by the UN Convention on Law of the Sea. Data collection from the Norwegian shelf has now been completed, and the documentation from the NPD will be handed over to the UN.

NPD Geologist Morten Sand and representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are currently in New York to present Norway's position. A summary of the documentation and the maps showing the Norwegian position as regards the shelf boundaries will be published on the UN's website on Tuesday, November 28th.

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