Exploration in Denmark shows great potential in new play types. To make the best of this potential, the Danish Government is opening the 7th Licensing Round for interested oil and gas companies, who are invited to submit applications to the DEA for new North Sea oil and gas licences.

The application period ends on 20 October 2014. The areas offered for licensing are located in the Central Graben, where the majority of Danish fields have so far been discovered, and in the areas further to the east, where oil discoveries were made in the 6th Licensing Round.

The DEA’s assessments indicate that large quantities of oil and gas still remain to be discovered in the Danish areas. The new licensing round will contribute to upholding the continuity of exploration activity in the years to come and thus preserve and further develop the knowledge and expertise the oil companies have accumulated concerning the Danish subsoil.

On 11 April 2014 the Climate, Energy and Building Committee of the Danish Parliament granted its approval of the statement from the Minister for Climate, Energy and Building regarding the upcoming 7th Licensing Round for areas for oil and gas exploration and production, including approval of the terms applicable to the licences to be awarded.

On behalf of the Danish state, the Danish North Sea Fund will hold a 20 % interest in the new licences, and the oil companies will hold an 80 % interest. The proposed financial terms for the 7th Licensing Round are identical to those applicable in the 6th Licensing Round. They have also applied to Dansk Undergrunds Consortium (DUC) since 1 January 2004 in accordance with the North Sea Agreement made between the Danish Government and A.P. Møller – Mærsk.

As part of the preparations for a new licensing round, a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) has been performed of the licensing round area. The results of this SEA has been taken into account when drafting the terms and conditions for the 7th Round. Please find the SEA and related documents on the below list and read more about the SEA on this webpage.


Environmental assessment of the licensing round
As part of the preparations for a new licensing round, a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) has been performed of the licensing round area. The results of this SEA has been taken into account when drafting the terms and conditions for the 7th Round. Please find the SEA and related documents on the below list and read more about the SEA on this webpage.


Previous and future licensing rounds
Since 1984 six licensing rounds have been held in Denmark. The first three licensing rounds comprised all unlicensed areas in Danish territory. The three most recent licensing rounds – the 4th Round in 1995, the 5th in 1998 and the 6th in 2006 – comprised the Central Graben with adjoining areas only, i.e. the area west of 6º15’ eastern longitude.

The Danish part of the North Sea is a so-called mature area with a well-developed infrastructure, but still holds exploration potential. To allow the existing infrastructure to be used in connection with the development of future discoveries and to give companies more predictability about when they can apply for unlicensed areas, the licensing rounds following the 7th Round will be held at about one-year intervals, i.e. one year after completion of the latest licensing round.

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