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A decade in Europe's NorthWintershall celebrates Norwegian anniversary

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Wintershall Norge was launched in 2006 in Oslo as a small offshoot of Germany’s largest internationally active oil and natural gas producer. Only ten years later, the company now employs around 500 people at its sites in Stavanger and Bergen. Today, Wintershall holds around 60 licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, over half of which are as the operator. This therefore makes the company one of the major license holders in Norway. Daily production now exceeds 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent. Wintershall Norge has therefore become a force to be reckoned with in the country’s oil and gas industry.

Wintershall Norge has achieved a lot during the past ten years: the latest example is the start of production in the Ivar Aasen field at the end of December – this is already the third field that the BASF subsidiary has successfully transferred to production as a partner during the last two years.

Pooling the colleagues under one roof optimizes the processes and makes the work even more efficient. "Achieving operational excellence is our constant aim. Combining individual offices enables us to further expand our expertise and work even more closely together. This is particularly important given the industry’s currently challenging environment," says Bernd Schrimpf, Managing Director Wintershall Norge.

This establishes creative and highly efficient development solutions that are applied to projects such as the Maria field development - Wintershall's first self-operated discovery in Norway, which is now being quickly transferred to production. In summer 2016, Wintershall installed two subsea templates on the seabed at a depth of 300 meters. These connect Maria with the nearby Kristin, Heidrun and Åsgard B platforms. Because Wintershall is utilizing the already existing infrastructure, a costly platform is no longer necessary. Maria, which is scheduled to start recovering oil at the end of 2018, offers considerable potential with an estimated 180 million barrels of oil equivalent.

Check out our exciting videos on the Maria project here.

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