License Round Applications

Oil companies use XaitPorter to create their most business critical document

XaitPorter is used by oil companies around the world to produce licensing applications for acreage. In the UK, more than 20 oil companies are using XaitPorter for the traditional licenses, with great results.  XaitPorter has also been used successfully for licensing rounds in Greenland, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Ghana. In no country’s licensing rounds, however, is XaitPorter more popular than in Norway.


In Norway, all oil companies must apply for production licenses through licensing rounds. The Norwegian Government then awards acreage on Norwegian Continental Shelf to oil companies with the best technical application. Writing these applications involves a large, multi-disciplinary, cross-site team working together for a long period of time to produce a comprehensive document. Those involved are under enormous pressure to secure the source of their company’s future profits.

Due to the complexity of writing these applications, XaitPorter quickly established itself as the standard solution for oil companies to use. While teams still have a demanding writing schedule and work hard to meet their deadlines, XaitPorter has virtually removed late night work. Project managers can review work done in real time, and therefore have complete control of the process. The drafting department is able to start work early on in the process, because they can see the entire application as it is being created. Gone are the days of version tracking problems, files being locked or overwritten, and problems compiling multiple formats into one consistent document. And rather than spending days compiling the final document, and hiring a third party to create the layout, project managers can now click print the night before deadline and get a finished, professional document that is consistent with branding guidelines.

XaitPorter was actually produced with license round applications in mind, when Xait was hired to help BP improve their workflow and collaboration process to create better applications. 

There must be a better solution than Word!

Exploration Manager, BP Norway

BP requested an application that would make it easier for a team to work together on such a large document. BP used XaitPorter for their license round applications in 2001, and were very successful. In fact, they were so successful that they paid for further development of XaitPorter.

At the end of 2003, Xait was finally able to sell XaitPorter commercially, and other oil companies in Norway were quick to sign on. Today, 10 years later, XaitPorter has become the standard tool to use for license round applications in Norway. 2009 was a very successful year for Xait, with more than 90% of the awarded applications being produced in XaitPorter for 20th Licensing Round and in Awards for Predefined Areas. For the 21st Licensing Round in 2010, 95% of winning applications were written in XaitPorter. When awards for the 22nd Licensing Round were announced in June 2013, 100% of the operator licenses were awarded to XaitPorter clients.

And it’s no wonder that XaitPorter has become such a success in this vertical. Users agree that XaitPorter simply streamlines the process.

We couldn’t have produced the number of license applications we did without XaitPorter.

Exploration Team Leader

Contact us today if you want to know more about how XaitPorter can help your company create winning applications.