Focusing on the 17th round

December 6, 2001, 00:00 CET

The 17th licensing round on the Norwegian continental shelf is extremely important for Statoil, stressed executive vice president Henrik Carlsen at the December conference in Kristiansund today, 6 December.

“Statoil has entered a long-term area cooperation with Shell and Enterprise Oil. All three companies have considerable expertise unique to each of them, and the collaboration will make us even stronger,” said Mr Carlsen, who heads the Exploration & Production Norway business area.

He stressed the fact that one of the main priorities of the companies is to take important environmental issues into consideration when carrying out the work of mapping the blocks in the 17th round.

The Norwegian government has previously announced that the blocks in the 17th licensing round would be announced in the course of December, while allocations would take place towards the summer of 2002.

In his lecture Mr Carlsen also stressed the importance for Statoil to develop the industrial complex at Tjeldbergodden in mid-Norway. He went on to say that the landing of gas from the Heidrun field in the Norwegian Sea laid the foundation for the industrial application of gas for the production of methanol in the region.

“We are working to make Tjeldbergodden a competitive site for the landfall of gas from the Ormen Lange field in the Norwegian Sea,” said Mr Carlsen.

“The Norwegian continental shelf is Statoil’s strategic core area, and mid-Norway offers the group some interesting opportunities for growth,” he added.

The December conference in Kristiansund is one of the most important oil conferences in Norway, and always attracts key speakers.