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Norway will continue to provide new acreage for oil exploration

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Norway must continue to provide energy firms with new opportunities to explore for oil and gas, the country's newly appointed minister of petroleum and energy told Reuters.

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"I will be on the offensive when it comes to awarding new acreage to ensure the continued development of this industry," Terje Soeviknes said on the sidelines of a business conference.

Representing the right-wing Progress Party, the junior partner in Norway's coalition government, Soeviknes was appointed in late December to replace long-serving energy minister Tord Lien of the same party.

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