Iceland Receives Bids from 3 Oil Cos in First Licensing Round

The closing date for the First Licensing Round for the northern Dreki area was May 15, 2009. The National Energy Authority (NEA) of Iceland received applications from

  • Aker Exploration
  • Sagex Petroleum and Lindir Exploration

Taken together, the applications are for blocks, complete or partial:

  • IS6708/1
  • IS6708/2
  • IS6808/11
  • IS6909/11

Blocks IS6808/11 and IS6909/11 are within the area of the agreement of October 22, 1981 between Norway and Iceland on the continental shelf between Iceland and Jan Mayen.

During the Licensing Round the difficult conditions in the world economy as well as the low oil prices have undoubtebly affected other parties that were interested in the Licensing Round.

The applications that the NEA received will be evaluated according to the criteria published in the documents for the Licensing Round and the decision on the issuing of licenses is planned to be finalized by the end of October, 2009.