BRIEF-Fewer oil firms seek acreage in Norway's mature licensing round
Sept 21 (Reuters) - Norway's Oil Ministry:
* A total of 33 oil firms have applied for acreage in Norway's so-called mature areas licensing round of 2016
* Applicants include Statoil, Shell, BP , ConocoPhillips, Det norske and Lundin Petroleum
* In the 2015 round, 43 companies applied. The ministry later offered acreage to 36 of them.
* The ministry did not say when the awards in the latest round would be made. Also known as Awards in Pre-defined Areas (APA), the annual mature areas awards are normally announced in January each year (Reporting By Terje Solsvik)
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