The North Sea Awards 2002 is important for the long-term resource management in mature parts of the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The production licenses offered is a suitable combination of additional acreage to existing production licenses and licenses in areas where the companies want to explore new possibilities. The group of companies, which are offered licenses, is an interesting mix of relatively new participants on the Shelf and well-established companies that have been here for many years. Against this background I am very satisfied with the licenses offered, says the Minister of Petroleum and Energy Einar Steensnaes.
he North Sea Awards 2002 was announced the October 28, 2002, with a deadline for submission of applications on the January 28, 2003. Eleven new production licenses, including the additional acreage to Pertra, will be offered.
The following companies will be offered operatorship (number in parenthesis): Norsk Hydro (2), ExxonMobil (2), Dong (2), Statoil (1), Norsk Agip (1), DNO (1), Pertra (1) and RWE Dea (1).
The following companies will be offered participation (number in parenthesis): Paladin (3), Statoil (3), RWE Dea (1), Norsk Hydro (1), Norsk Agip (1), OER (1), DNO (1) and ExxonMobil (1).
The companies which are offered production licenses in the North Sea Awards 2002, are willing to commit to the North Sea and they will, in a creative way, contribute to further development of this part of the Continental Shelf, says the Minister Steensnaes.
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