Norway's Ministry of Petroleum & Energy has expanded the acreage available in this year’s Awards in Predefined Areas (APA) licensing round with the addition of 84 blocks, most of which are in the Barents Sea.

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The APA 2021 round in mature areas on the Norwegian continental shelf will expand on the last round's offerings with an additional 70 blocks in the Barents Sea, 10 in the Norwegian Sea and four in the North Sea.