Norway Awards Record Number of Offshore Drilling Licenses

Norwegian Oil and Energy Minister Kjell-Børge Freiberg visits Johan Sverdrup, a giant oil field in the North Sea that Equinor operates, during the official start-up of electrification of the drilling rig from land. (Photo credit: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor)

Norway, a country known for its wealth from oil and gas extraction, issued a record number of offshore drilling licenses this month. The 83 total licenses awarded to oil companies include 37 in the North Sea, 32 in the Norwegian Sea and 14 in the Barents Sea, The Barents Observer reports. The Norwegian operator Equinor is among the 33 companies involved, and it holds the majority of the operations.

View a map and learn more about the Norwegian drilling program or read Freiberg’s speech (Norwegian language) at the Oil Industry Policy Seminar in Sandefjord, Norway on January 15, 2019.

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