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Harald Brekke

Senior Advisor to the Continental Shelf Programme, Project Coordinator and Senior Geologist NPD
Phone: (47) 51 87 62 84
Email: Harald.Brekke@npd.no

Harald Brekke is project coordinator and senior geologist  in the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD). After graduating as structral gelogist from the University in Bergen in 1983 he stayed as post  graduate at the university until he joined the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) in 1984. In the NPD he worked for more than 10 years as an exploration geologist dealing with prospect mapping, the development the NPD resource assessment system and play models, licensing rounds and mapping the geology of the Norwegian continental shelf in general. From 1996 he became a project coordinator for the technical part of establishing the  outer limits of the continental shelf of Norway in accordance with the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea, a project initiated and headed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This work included the preparation of the submission of those continental shelf  limits to the UN in 2006 (for the Norwegian Sea, Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean) and 2009 (for Dronning Maud Land and Bouvetøya). Harald Brekke had a special responsilbility for the data acquisition and  the mapping out of such limits in the Arctic Ocean north of Svalbard and Franz Josef Land in coordination with NPD’s Russian counterparts. In 1997 he was, as the nominee of Norway, elected member to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).  He was re-elected in 2004 and 2007, the last time as the common nominee of all five Nordic countries. During his time in the CLCS he has, among many other tasks,  served as the chairman of the sub-commissions set down to examine the details of the submissions made by Australia, New Zealand and Japan and to make recommendations on the establishment of the outer limits of the continental shelf of those states. He is currently Vice-Chairman of the CLCS. He left the CLCS in June 2012 and is now elected member of the Legal and Technical Commission of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). In parallell with his work in the CLCS and the ISA, he has been the coordinator of joint Norwegian-Russian scientific research and mapping projects in the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean.

Postal address:

Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, P.O. Box 600, 4003 Stavanger, Norway