Licensing Rounds

Australia

Round: Offshore round, 2016

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Round 1: Closed 8 December 2016, Round 2: Closed 23 March 2017

Round: Offshore round, 2017

Status: Open

Dates: Round 1: Closed 19 October 2017, Round 2: Closes 22 March 2018

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Brazil

Round: 2nd pre-salt bid round

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Auctioned on 27 October 2017

Round: 3rd pre-salt bid round

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Auctioned on 27 October 2017

Round: 15th bid round

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Auction on 29 March 2018

Round: 4th pre-salt bid round

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Auction on 7 June 2018

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Bulgaria

Round: 2 blocks (offshore), 2015

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 18 April 2015, Closed 20 September 2015

Canada

Round: NL16 Labrador South Region, 2017

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 29 November 2016, Closes after 8 November 2017

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Round: NL17 Jeanne d'Arc Region, 2017

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 3 April 2017, Closed 8 November 2017

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Round: NS17-1, 2017

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 24 July 2017, Closes 14 December 2017

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China

Round: 1-on-1 negotiations (Cnooc)

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 24 May 2011

Round: 18 blocks (offshore)

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 24 February 2016, Closed 31 October 2016

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Round: 22 blocks (offshore)

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 12 April 2017, Closed 15 September 2017

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Congo-Brazzaville

Round: 8 offshore and 5 onshore blocks, 2016

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Closed 29 March 2017

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Cuba

Round: Open, direct negotiations

Status: Open

Dates: N/A

Denmark

Round: East of 6 degrees 15' E

Status: Open application process

Dates: N/A

Round: 8th licensing round, 2018

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: N/A

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Egypt

Round: Oil exploration round

Status: Open

Dates: Opened April 2016

Round: Ganope international bid round, 2016

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 2 August 2016, Closed 15 February 2017

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Argentina

Round: 1st offshore bid round, 2018

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Opens Q1 2018

Equatorial Guinea

Round: EG Ronda, 2016

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 7 June 2016, Closed 28 April 2017

Faroe Islands

Round: 4th exploration round, 2017

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 17 May 2017, Closes 17 February 2018

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Gabon

Round: 11th deepwater round, 2015

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 27 October 2015, Closed 29 April 2016

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Greece

Round: Offshore Ionian & Crete tenders, 2017

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: NA

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Greenland

Round: Open Door Offshore

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 1 September 2014

Round: 2017 licensing round

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 1 January 2017, Closes 15 December 2017

Round: 2018 licensing round

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Opens 1 January 2018, Closes 15 December 2018

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India

Round: Discovered small field bid round, 2016

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 25 May 2016, Closed 21 November 2016

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Round: Open acreage licensing programme, 2017

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 1 July 2017, Closed 15 November 2017

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Indonesia

Round: 1st Conventional Oil and Gas 2017 *updated*

Status: Open

Dates: Direct proposal opened 29 May 2017, Closes 22 December 2017; Regular tender opened 29 May 2017, Closes 22 December 2017

Round: 1st Unconventional Oil and Gas 2017 *updated*

Status: Open

Dates: Direct proposal opened 29 May 2017, Closes 22 December 2017; Regular tender opened 29 May 2017, Closes 22 December 2017

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Israel

Round: 1st offshore licensing round, 2016

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 15 November 2016, Closed 15 November 2017

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Lebanon

Round: First offshore licensing round, 2017

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 2 February 2017, Closed 12 October 2017

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Malaysia

Round: Petronas, 2017 exploration bid round

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 1 December 2016, Closed 31 March 2017

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Mexico

Round: 2nd licensing round (II) onshore

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Auctioned on 12 July 2017

Round: 2nd licensing round (III) onshore

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Auctioned on 12 July 2017

Round: 2nd licensing round (IV) deepwater

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Auction on 31 January 2018

Round: 3rd licensing round (I) shallow water

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Auction on 27 March 2018

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Namibia

Round: Licensing round

Status: Open application process

Dates: Open application process

Netherlands

Round: Licensing round

Status: Open application process

Dates: Open application process

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New Zealand

Round: 2017 block offer

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 22 March 2017, Closed 6 September 2017

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Round: 2018 block offer

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: NA

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Nicaragua

Round: Licensing round

Status: Open application process

Dates: Opened 20 April 2009

Norway

Round: 24th licensing round, 2017 *updated*

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 21 June 2017, Closed 30 November 2017

Round: APA 2017

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 2 May 2017, Closed 1 September 2017

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Oman

Round: 2017 bid round

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 20 September 2017, Closes 31 December 2017

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Pakistan

Round: 32 blocks, 2017

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: N/A

Peru

Round: 7 Amazon blocks, 2017

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: N/A

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Seychelles

Round: Licensing round

Status: Open

Dates: Open file process

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Somaliland

Round: Licensing round

Status: Open application process

Dates: N/A

Sri Lanka

Round: 3rd offshore round, 2017 *updated*

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Opens December 2017

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Thailand

Round: Expiring contracts, 2017

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Opens December 2017

Tunisia

Round: Licensing round

Status: Open application process

Dates: N/A

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United Kingdom

Round: Offshore 2016 supplementary round

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 6 December 2016, Closed 7 March 2017

Round: 30th offshore licensing round, 2017 *updated*

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 25 July 2017, Closed 21 November 2017

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United States

Round: Lease sale 244 (Cook Inlet), 2017

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Auctioned on 21 June 2017

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Round: Lease sale 249 (Gulf of Mexico), 2017 *updated*

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Auctioned on 16 August 2017

Round: Lease sale 250 (Gulf of Mexico), 2018

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Auction on 21 March 2018

Round: Lease sale 251 (Gulf of Mexico), 2018

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Auction in Q1 2018

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Uruguay

Round: 3rd licensing round (offshore)

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 18 September 2017, Closes 6 April 2018

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South Sudan

Round: Open, direct negotiations

Status: Open

Dates: N/A

Trinidad and Tobago

Round: Onshore / Shallow 2017 *updated*

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Opens December 2017

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Round: Deepwater 2018

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Opens Q2 2018

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Guinea

Round: 1st offshore round, 2017 *updated*

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Opens December 2017

Jamaica

Round: Licensing round

Status: Open application process

Dates: Opened 1 January 2013

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Colombia

Round: Sinu San Jacinto 2017

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 5 October 2017, Closes 30 January 2018

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Isle of Man

Round: 2nd offshore licensing round *updated*

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 11 September 2017, Closed 10 December 2017

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Nigeria

Round: 2nd marginal fields bid round

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: NA

Côte d'Ivoire

Round: Open, direct negotiations

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 25 October 2017

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Sierra Leone

Round: 4th offshore licensing round

Status: Commencing shortly

Dates: Opens 15 January 2018, Closes 31 May 2018

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