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 (Norwegian: Den norske kontinentalsokkelen) (abbreviated as NCS) is the continental shelf over which Norway exercises sovereign rights as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.[2]

The area of the shelf is four times the area of Norway mainland and constitutes about one-third of the Europe continental shelf. It is rich in petroleum and gas and it is the base of the petroleum economy of Norway.

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. ^ "Størrelsen på Norges kontinentalsokkel i nord avklart". Retrieved October 1, 2016.