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Norway government proposes 93 Barents Sea blocks. The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry’s move regarding the 24th Licensing Round sees a record number put forward for this area. Environmentalists censure the government’s plans. These Barents Sea-located blocks in the Arctic make up the majority of those proposed. Almost half are located north of Wisting – Norway’s northernmost oil discovery.

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Norway government proposes 93 Barents Sea blocks

Published on Monday, 13th March, 2017 at 15:53 under the energy category, by Charlotte Bryan.
Last Updated on 13th March 2017 at 16:28.

The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry’s move regarding the 24th Licensing Round sees a record number put forward for this area. Environmentalists censure the government’s plans.

The proposed Barents Sea blocks
The proposed Barents Sea blocks
Photo: Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry


These Barents Sea-located blocks in the Arctic make up the majority of those proposed.

Almost half are located north of Wisting – Norway’s northernmost oil discovery.

This is situated some 300 km (almost 187 miles) north of Finnmark County’s Hammerfest.

Five of the proposed 93 blocks stretch as far up to the 65-kilometre (just over 40 miles) exclusion zone around Bear Island as permitted, reports Stavanger Aftenblad.

Petroleum activities are not allowed there under the Norwegian government’s marine management plan for the Barents Sea-Lofoten Area.

The remaining nine blocks in this 24th round are located in the Norwegian Sea.

Officials’ proposal, which they published today, Monday, has been sent to hearing.

They aim to announce the blocks in Q2 2017.

The application deadline for these is scheduled for some time in Q4 of this year.

Greenpeace Norway calls the Barents Sea blocks “a frontal assault on the world’s climate”.

“The research shows that all the oil in the Arctic must stay in the ground if we’re going to remain below the two-degree target that we committed ourselves to under the Paris Agreement,” states Truls Gulowsen.

“Announcing a record number of blocks in the Barents Sea will be a catastrophe for the environment and seems to be a desperate attempt by the government to create an oil rush in the Barents Sea,” the NGO’s leader adds in a statement.




Published on Monday, 13th March, 2017 at 15:53 under the energy category, by Charlotte Bryan.
Last updated on 13th March 2017 at 16:28.

This post has the following tags: oil, energy, gas, arctic, exploration, drilling, climate, co2, environment.





  
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