Norwegian continental shelf

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The Norwegian continental shelf as of June 20th, 2016. It shows all fields, discoveries, areas awarded and areas that have been opened for exploration activities[1]

The Norwegian continental shelf is the continental shelf over which Norway exercises sovereign rights as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.[clarification needed] It is rich in petroleum and gas and it is the base of the petroleum economy of Norway.

The area of the shelf is four times the area of Norway mainland and constitutes about one-third of the Europe continental shelf.[2]

See also[edit]

Norwegian Government "Continental shelf – questions and answers"


  1. ^ "Map of the Norwegian continental shelf - Norwegian Petroleum Directorate". Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Norwegian oil and gas enter a new century