January 15, 2019 / 1:00 PM / 3 months ago

Norway awards 33 oil firms with offshore blocks in mature areas

SANDEFJORD, Norway, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Norway awarded 33 oil companies with a total of 83 blocks to explore for petroleum resources in the mature areas of the Norwegian continental shelf, the country's oil and energy minister announced on Tuesday.

A total of 38 oil companies had submitted bids for acreage offshore Norway in the so-called predefined areas (APA) licensing round by last September's application deadline.

When announcing the round last May, the government expanded the pre-defined areas near the existing discoveries by a total of 103 blocks. (Reporting by Nerijus Adomaitis Editing by Gwladys Fouche and Terje Solsvik)

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