Norway's Ministry of Petroleum and Energy offered oil firms 36 offshore exploration blocks in mature areas in this year’s licensing round on Monday.
"In these challenging times it is important to plan for the future. Stable access to new acreage for petroleum exploration is key in order to develop our most important industry further, and to maintain the level of activity on the Norwegian Shelf," said Tina Bru, Minister for Petroleum and Energy.
Bru said that the new acreage is located west in the Norwegian Sea and they included the well-known parts of the Norwegian Continental Shelf in the round.
"The government continues to facilitate profitable production of oil and gas in a long-term perspective," she said.
By Murat Temizer