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Latest licensing rounds

The industry's most comprehensive list of current and recent rounds for onshore and offshore licenses

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*updated* on the information below denotes an update since the last licensing rounds bulletin went out

Argentina

Offshore round, 2017

Status: Planned


Australia 

Offshore round, 2016 

Status: Open

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

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Barbados

Offshore licensing campaign, 2015 

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 30 June 2015, Closed 30 December 2015

Website


Brazil

4th marginal fields bid round

Status: Planned

Dates: Auction on 11 May 2017 *updated*

14th bid round

Status: Planned

Dates: Opens Q3 2017

2nd pre-salt bid round

Status: Planned

Dates: Opens Q3 2017

Website


Bulgaria 

2 blocks, 2015 

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 18 April 2015, Closed 20 September 2015


Canada 

NL16-01 & NL16-02, 2016 

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 7 April 2016, Closed 9 November 2016

NL17 South Eastern Newfoundland, 2017

Status: Planned

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China 

1-on-1 negotiations (Cnooc) 

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 24 May 2011

18 blocks (offshore) 

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 24 February 2016, Closed 31 October 2016

Website


Colombia

Ronda Campos, 2016 

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Auctioned on 25 November 2016

Website


Congo-Brazzaville

8 offshore and 5 onshore blocks, 2016 

Status: Open

Dates: Closes 29 March 2017

Website


Cuba

Open, direct negotiations


Cyprus

3rd offshore licensing round, 2016 

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 24 March 2016, Closed 22 July 2016

Website


Denmark

East of 6 degrees 15' E 

Status: Open application process 

8th licensing round, 2017

Status: Planned 

Website


Egypt

EGPC international bid round, 2016

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 15 May 2016, Closed 31 August 2016

Website

Oil exploration round 

Status: Open

Dates: Opened April 2016

Ganope international bid round, 2016 

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 2 August 2016, Closed 15 February 2017

Website


Equatorial Guinea

EG Ronda, 2016

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 7 June 2016, Closes 28 April 2017 

Website


Faroe Islands

4th exploration round, 2017 

Status: Planned 

Dates: Opens 17 May 2017, Closes 17 February 2018

Website


Gabon

11th deepwater round, 2015 

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 27 October 2015, Closed 29 April 2016

Website


Greece

2nd offshore licensing round, 2014 

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened November 2014, Closed 15 July 2015

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Greenland

Open Door Offshore 

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 1 September 2014

2016 licensing round 

Status: Closed

Dates: Opened 1 January 2016, Closed 15 December 2016 

2017 licensing round 

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 1 January 2017, Closes 15 December 2017 

2018 licensing round 

Status: Planned, 2018

Dates: Opens 1 January 2018, Closes 15 December 2018

Website


India

Discovered small field bid round, 2016

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 25 May 2016, Closed 21 November 2016

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Indonesia

7 blocks direct negotiations, 2016 

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened July 2016, Closed 31 August 2016

7 blocks regular tender, 2016 

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened July 2016, Closed 14 November 2016

Website


Iran

50 fields

Status: Open 

Dates: Closed 4 December 2016 (for pre-qualification)

Website


Israel

First offshore licensing round, 2016  

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 15 November 2016, Closes 10 July 2017

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Lebanon

First offshore licensing round, 2017

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 2 February 2017, Closes 31 March 2017

Website


Malaysia 

Petronas, 2017 exploration bid round

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 1 December 2016, Closes 31 March 2017 *updated*

Website


Mexico

1st licensing round (IV) deepwater 

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Auctioned on 5 December 2016 

Website

2nd licensing round (I) shallow water 

Status: Planned, 2017 

Dates: Auction on 19 June 2017 

2nd licensing round (II) onshore 

Status: Planned, 2017

Dates: Auction on 12 July 2017

2nd licensing round (III) onshore

Status: Planned, 2017 

Dates: Auction on 12 July 2017

Website


Namibia 

Open application process 


Netherlands

Open application process 

Website


New Zealand

2016 block offer 

Status: Conditionally awarded 

Dates: Opened 21 March 2016, Closed 7 September 2016

2017 block offer

Status: Planned

Website


Nicaragua 

Open application process 

Status: Opened 20 April 2009


Norway

APA 2016 

Status: Conditionally awarded

Dates: Opened 17 March 2016, Closed 6 September 2016

24th licensing round, 2017

Status: Planned

APA 2017

Status: Planned 

Website


Oman

2016 bid round

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 23 October 2016, Closed 15 February 2017 

Website


Pakistan

32 blocks, 2017 

Status: Planned


Peru

7 Amazon blocks, 2017 

Status: Planned 

Website


Seychelles

Open file process

Website


Somaliland 

Open application process 


Sri Lanka

3rd offshore round, 2017

Status: Planned

Dates: Opens Q4 2017

Website


Thailand

Expiring contracts, 2017 

Status: Planned


Tunisia

Open application process 

Website


United Kingdom

29th offshore licensing round, 2016

Status: Pending awards

Dates: Opened 27 July 2016, Closed 26 October 2016

Offshore 2016 supplementary round

Status: Open

Dates: Opened 6 December 2016, Closes 7 March 2017

Website


United States

Lease sale 247 (Central Gulf of Mexico), 2017

Status: Planned

Dates: Auction on 22 March 2017 

Lease sale 244 (Cook Inlet), 2017

Status: Planned

Website


Uruguay

3rd licensing round (deepwater) 

Status: Planned, 2017 

Website

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