Norway on monday 13th-march-2017 announced their preliminary plans for exploration of different blocks in Barents sea, Norwegian sea and the Arctic.This move from Norway government is also bringing criticism from environmental agencies . As per oil and energy ministry of Norway in their 24th oil and gas licensing round they plan to have total of 102 blocks out of which 93 will be in Barents sea and Arctic and rest of the 9 will be in Norwegian sea . As per Norwegian ministry spokesman “This is the biggest number of blocks proposed in the Barents sea ever, but it can change when the final announcement is made“ .The final list of all the blocks on offer will be released in 2nd quarter of 2017 after government ‘s discussions with regulators, local communities , environmentalist and other agencies involved. Bellona foundation an environmental NGO based in Norway who is publically speaking against drilling activities in Arctic termed Norway governments plan of nominating such a high number of blocks in Barents sea as “total madness” . Bellona foundation head Fredric Hauge said “It's as if the environment isn't an issue for the government. This is on a collision course with the Paris Agreement (on climate change), the EU parliament and all Norwegian environmental management “ Instead of selling it’s licenses, Norway awards them to best candidates available .Out of the total amount of money spent on drilling the well, government refunds 78% of the money. This helps the producers to offset some of their well development cost and regain some of the tax money after start of production After the final list of all the blocks on offer are announced in 2nd quarter of 2017 Interested companies should submit their opted blocks in the fourth quarter of 2017 .