The Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change announced a Call for Tenders for the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Official Journal of the European Union on 5 November 2014.
For more information, please visit Hellenic Republic announces call for tenders for onshore acreage
The Thailand Ministry of Energy launched the 21st Petroleum Bidding Round on 21 October 2014. 29 blocks comprising of 23 onshore and 6 offshore blocks have been offered in the round. Of the 23 onshore blocks 17 are located in the Northeast Region and the remaining 6 blocks are located in the North and Central regions.
For more information, please visit Thailand 21st Petroleum Concession Bidding Round
Gulf of Mexico
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced the Proposed Notice of Sale for the Central Planning Area (CPA) Oil and Gas Lease Sale 235. The sale is scheduled to take place in March 2015 in New Orleans, LA and will be the seventh sale under the 2012-2017 Five-Year Program.
For more information, please visit Gulf of Mexico Central Planning Area Lease Sale 235 announcement
The official Australia Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release for 2013 commenced in May 2013. A total of 31 blocks were released as part of the federal offering, spanning 6 basins, with the majority located offshore Western Australia in Commonwealth waters. In addition, four areas from the 2012 Acreage Release were re-released for bidding.
For more information, please visit Australian 2013 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release – Round II awards
On 6 November 2014, a total of 134 licences have been offered by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) covering 252 blocks across the North Sea. A further 94 blocks are currently under environmental assessment which will have to be completed before any offer is made.
For more information, please visit DECC awards licences in second tranche of 28th Licensing Round
The State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources of Ukraine announced the second auction for the sale of special subsoil permits which includes five hydrocarbon blocks, on 11 October 2014.
For more information, please visit Second 2014 auction in Ukraine for sale of special subsoil permits
The State Service of Geology and Mineral Resources of Ukraine announced the third auction for the sale of special subsoil permits which includes five hydrocarbon blocks, on 1 November 2014.
For more information, please visit Third 2014 auction in Ukraine for sale of special subsoil permits