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Licence Application

What to apply for?

  • A new licence (prospecting, exploration and exploitation licences, scientific licences).
  • Transferring an existing licence (prospecting, exploration and exploitation licences).

How to apply?

Applicants for a prospecting licence should fill out the Application form for prospecting licences.

Applicants for an exploration and exploitation licence are kindly requested to refer to the Letter of Invitation for the relevant area, see the page: Exploration and exploitation licence.

Applicants for a scientific licence should fill out the Application form, including the Insurance statement.

What is needed?

Applications are subject to application fees.

  • Prospecting licence application fee: DKK 3,000.
  • Exploration and exploitation licence application fee: Please refer to the Invitation. Letter for the relevant area, see the page: Exploration and exploitation licence.
  • Scientific survey licences are free of charge.

Application form

  • Fill out the relevant application and send it to nap@nanoq.gl.

Documentation on financial and technical capabilities

For prospecting licences:

  • Submit a short description of the applicant’s technical capabilities.
  • Submit audited financial statements and company report.

For exploration and exploitation licences:

Registration in the Central Business Register (CVR)

All companies applying for a licence must be registered in the Central Business Register (CVR), please see guidelines on the Tax Agency’s website.
Refer to the industrial classification codes upon registration:

Prospecting and exploration
Licensees holding a licence to conduct preliminary investigations pursuant to section 15 of the Greenlandic Mineral Resources Act or exploration pursuant to section 16 of the Greenlandic Mineral Resources Act must use industrial classification code 71.12.40 (geological surveys and exploration, land inspectors, etc.). This applies to both prospecting and exploration for hydrocarbons and other minerals, regardless of whether a licensee has an exploration licence or a combined exploration and exploitation licence. The activity will determine the industrial classification code. If a licensee has a combined exploration and exploitation licence, the licensee must change the industrial classification code at the transition from exploration to exploitation.

Exploitation, oil and gas
Hydrocarbon licences are granted as combined exploration and exploitation licences, which means that the same industrial classification code cannot be used throughout the licence period. During the exploration phase, the above-mentioned industrial classification code must be used, but at the transition to exploitation, the industrial classification code must be changed to code 06.10.00 (Oil extraction) if the exploitation concerns oil, and code 06.20.00 (Natural gas extraction) if the exploitation concerns gas.

Scientific surveys
Licensees that hold a licence to conduct scientific surveys pursuant to section 49 of the Greenlandic Mineral Resources Act must use industrial classification code 71.12.40 (Geological surveys and exploration, land inspectors, etc.).

Processing applications

Applicants will be informed about incomplete applications. The Oil and Gas Department will inform the applicant and request additional information. Should the applicant fail to provide the requested additional information, the Oil and Gas Department can reject the application, and the application fee will not be reimbursed if it has already been paid.

Fees 2020

Prospecting licence fees:

  • Application fee: DKK 3,000
  • Granting fee: DKK 24,216
  • Transfer fee: DKK 12,125

Exploration and exploitation licences fees: