100 new production licenses have
been awarded during 2011-13.
About 200 wildcats have been
drilled in the Norwegian Sea since
1980, but since an upturn in 2008-10
interest has been limited outside areas
close to existing fields.
Operators made nine discoveries
out of 19 wildcats drilled in 2011-May
2013, but proven volumes in the discoveries have been moderate to small.
The Norwegian Sea deepwater remains a frontier area in relative terms,
and only one of the 19 wildcats was
drilled outside the existing APA area
in deep water in the Voring basin. No
deepwater exploratory well is planned
in the Norwegian Sea in 2013.
In the deepwater areas, particular
work is being done to prepare for seismic surveying beneath the basalt layers adjacent to the More and Voring
high and in the westernmost part of
the More and Voring basin.
After several years of limited exploratory activity in the More basin in
the southern Norwegian Sea, a number of new licenses have been awarded
in the south of the basin around Or-men Lange field and in the basalt region farthest to the west, NPD noted.
These licenses were awarded in the
20th and 21st license rounds and in
the 2010 APA round. Evaluations under
way in a number of them will result in
drill or drop decisions within 1-3 years.
AREA STATUS FOR THE NORWEIGIAN SHELF IN JUNE 2013
-50º -40º -30º
Open for petroleum activity
Open, special schemes
(see White Paper No. 10 (2010-11)
Opening process has begun
Assumed maximum extent of sedimentary
rocks that may contain petroleum
-20º -10º 0º 10º 20º 30º 40º 50º 60º 70º
Source: After Norwegian Petroleum Directorate
Norwegian Barents Sea
Optimism has returned to the Barents
Sea after many years of disappointment,
and NPD expects 10-14 wells to be
drilled in the Barents in 2013.
This revival occurred mainly because
of three discoveries made in 2011-12.
They are the Johan Castberg oil find
(7220/8-1 Skrugard and 7220/7-1 Ha-vis) and the 7225/3-1 (Norvarg) gas discovery.
About 100 exploratory wells, including some 80 wildcats, have been drilled
in the Barents since 1980. The first discovery, 7120/8-1 Askeladd, came in
More than 30 discoveries have been
NORTH SEA (NORWAY) RESOURCES BY DISCOVERY SIZE
Discovery size, million scmoe
< 5 million scmoe
5-10 million scmoe
10-50 million scmoe
50-100 million scmoe
> 100 million scmoe
1998-2002 2003-2007 2008-2012