Agreement for petroleum activities and model production licenses

Legislation requires companies to obtain licences for petroleum activities.

Unofficial translations of standard documents relating to petroleum activities:

The model production licence for awards in numbered licensing rounds (frontier areas): Model production licence (in Norwegian) 

The model production licence for "Awards in Pre-defined Areas" (APA) licensing rounds (mature areas): Model Production Licence APA 

Agreement concerning petroleum activities incl attachments: Companies being awarded a production licence are obliged to enter into an Agreement concerning petroleum activities. The agreement consists of a main part – Special provisions – and two attachments; Attachment A – Joint Operating Agreement and Attachment B – Accounting Agreement. These standard documents have been prepared in two different versions depending on whether the State has or has not retained a participating interest in the relevant production licence. The documents are available here:

Agreement concerning Petroleum Activities incl Attachments A and B – with State participation

Agreement concerning Petroleum Activities incl Attachments A and B – without State participation

"Standard stratigraphic agreement": Licensees in production licences for stratigraphically divided areas will be required to enter into a standardised agreement regulating the relationship between the two licence groups.

The model unit agreement has been prepared in cooperation with Norsk Olje og Gass and was approved by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in 2012. The agreement is based on the model joint operating agreement, and reflects the latest amendments made to that agreement with respect to dispute resolution: Model unit agreement