Licensing Rounds for Hydrocarbon Exploration and Exploitation Licences
Find information on specific licensing rounds here:
- Licensing Round 2018
- Licensing Round 2017
- Open Door Onshore Disko-Nuussuaq 2017
- Open Door Offshore South West Greenland 2014
- Open Door Onshore Jameson Land 2014
Previous Licensing rounds
Licensing rounds and other procedures for granting licenses for exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons are regulated by the Greenland Parliament Act of 7 December 2009 on mineral resources and mineral resource activities (the Mineral Resources Act).
Licenses can be applied for and granted following part 6 of the Act:
23.–(1) Licences under section 16 above for exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons are granted as provided by the Greenland Government in one of the manners mentioned in subsections (2)-(5) below.
(2) A licence under section 16 above may be granted following a general public invitation to apply for licences (a licensing round). The Greenland Government publishes a notice of the invitation for applications at least 90 days before the expiry of the deadline on the Greenland Government’s website and in another manner.
(3) A licence under section 16 above may be granted following a special public invitation to apply for licences (a special licensing round) if an application for a licence for an area has been submitted without prior invitation pursuant to subsection (2) above and the Greenland Government finds that the application should be considered. The Greenland Government publishes a notice on the application and an invitation for other applications for licences in the same area. The notice is published not later than 90 days after the receipt of the application on the Greenland Government’s website and in another manner. The deadline for submitting other applications is 90 days after the publication of the notice.
(4) The Greenland Government may determine that for a specified period a specified area must be open for the successive granting of licences under section 16 following applications to this effect (an open door procedure) if the Greenland Government deems it inexpedient to apply the procedures mentioned in subsections (2) and (3) above. The Greenland Government publishes a notice on the open door procedure on the Greenland Government’s website and in another manner. Changes in the open door procedure will be published in the same manner. Applications for licences under the open door procedure can be submitted 90 days after the publication of the notice at the earliest.
(5) A licence under section 16 above for a specified area may be granted according to a neighbouring block procedure to a licensee under a licence for a neighbouring area, without applying the procedures referred to in subsections (2)-(4) above if the Greenland Government deems that such procedure is warranted by geological or exploitation-related considerations. The Greenland Government sends a notice of the neighbouring block procedure to all licensees under licences for neighbouring areas. The notice of the neighbouring block procedure must include information on the application procedure, the deadline for applications and the licence terms.
(6) The Greenland Government may refrain from granting a licence on the basis of applications submitted by the use of the procedures mentioned in subsections (2)-(5) above.