Regulating Offshore Petroleum Resources
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Regulating Offshore Petroleum Resources

The British and Norwegian Models

Edited by Eduardo G. Pereira and Henrik Bjørnebye

Regulating Offshore Petroleum Resources examines the main regulatory characteristics of the Norwegian and the British models for petroleum exploration, production and supply. The authors explore to what extent these models are relevant for the design of regulatory models in countries with significant existing petroleum resources. The applicability of these regulatory models to countries with potential petroleum resources is also assessed.
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Chapter 4: Licensing regime: Norway

Henrik Bjørnebye and Catherine Banet


The Norwegian petroleum resource management model is based on a licensing regime set out in the Norwegian Petroleum Act, with further details provided in the Petroleum Regulations. The Act governs the lifecycle of petroleum operations from cradle to grave through a step-by-step licensing approach. The main considerations and principles behind the Petroleum Act are discussed in earlier chapters of this book. In this chapter, we will provide an overview of the content and structure of the licensing system, following a stepwise approach from the opening of the petroleum areas to the decommissioning of installations. Upstream oil and gas activities have different impacts on their surrounding environment at different stages of their exploration, production and transformation into sellable assets. In this chapter, we will therefore also examine the manner in which offshore petroleum activities are regulated with respect to their interaction with the surrounding environment.

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