The official invitation for APA 2017: http://www.npd.no/en/Topics/Production-licences/Theme-articles/Licensing-rounds/APA-2017/APA-2017---announcement/Not only "Oil Majors" are interested in obtaining licenses to explore in the Barents Sea though. In the last round there were 29 successful applicants: http://www.ogj.com/articles/2017/01/twenty-nine-firms-awarded-stakes-in-norway-s-apa-2016-licensing-round.html
Lundin is one of the most active and successful applicants, with some spectacular finds: http://sysla.no/offshore/lundin-okte-produksjonen-med-72-prosent-starten-av-2017/
Slightly less successful if I look at today's news. Not too much luck with finding oil at that Gohta prospect.
There are other resources than oil, gas and scallops on the seabed on the Norwegian Continental shelf and EEZ. The future may be mineral extraction in deep water, using best practices and technology learn from the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry and Scallop scraping in Arctic waters: http://www.smp.no/nyheter/2017/05/15/Regjeringen-vil-forvalte-mineraler-til-havs-p%C3%A5-samme-m%C3%A5te-som-for-oljesektoren-14731195.ece?cx_front_click=baseline_test&cx_front_click_place=2&cx_front_click_articles=2More future jobs for Mariners and Oil field hands??