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There are standard terms and guidelines for hydrocarbons and related activities. These guidelines cover standard terms for exclusive exploration licences and non-exclusive prospecting licences for hydrocarbons.

Exploration and exploitation

A licence for hydrocarbons is based on a model licence, depending on the area applied for. A licence for hydrocarbons is given as exclusive rights to explore and exploit hydrocarbons within the given licence area on the given terms. For more information, please see here.


A prospecting licence for hydrocarbons gives a non-exclusive right to carry out activities that could help decide if, and in which area, exploration for hydrocarbons should be performed. Please see the Standard Terms for Prospecting Licences, an example prospecting licence and the application form for prospecting licences.

Guidelines for specific activities can be found in the sections to the left.