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25.10.2017

Torsten Murin becomes Managing Director in RussiaMurin heads Wintershall Russia from 1 January 2018 / Margarita Hoffmann in turn takes over the "Nord Stream and Gas Transport" division

Kassel. Torsten Murin, currently Vice President with responsibility for the "Nord Stream & Gas Transport" division, will serve as Vice President with responsibility for Wintershall in Russia from 1 January 2018. He therefore replaces Margarita Hoffmann, who in turn is taking over Murin’s previous position in Kassel. Hoffmann will therefore be responsible for Wintershall's interests in natural gas transportation, including the Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic Sea, the onshore gas transport companies GASCADE, NGT (NEL) and OGT (OPAL), and Wintershall’s role as a financial investor in Nord Stream 2 AG.

43-year-old Murin has been with Wintershall since 2002. After joining Wintershall as part of its trainee program and working in Kassel, the financial economist took over various positions as finance manager – first in Argentina, later at Wintershall Russia, and also as Deputy Finance Director for the Yuzhno Russkoye and Achimgaz projects in Russia. Since 2013 he has managed Wintershall’s natural gas transport and transit pipeline projects in Kassel. 

Margarita Hoffmann has worked in various positions for Wintershall since 1993, mainly in the natural gas logistics and strategy areas. The 50-year-old graduate sociologist took over responsibility for strategic planning in the year 2000. Six years later, Hoffmann then took charge of Wintershall’s coordination for the Nord Stream pipeline project before moving to Russia in 2010 where she has managed Wintershall Russia for the last seven years.

In Russia Wintershall is involved in several joint projects concerned with the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in Western Siberia (together with Gazprom) and southern Russia (with Lukoil). The Severneftegazprom and Achimgaz joint ventures alone produced 30 billion cubic meters of natural gas in 2016 and have thus become pillars of the European natural gas supply. Currently Wintershall is working with its partner Gazprom on the development of blocks 4 and 5 in the Achimov formation in the Urengoy natural gas field. Wintershall Russia’s office has been based in St. Petersburg since August 2017.

Torsten Murin CV

since 12/2016
Wintershall Holding GmbH, Kassel:
Vice President, Senior Project Nord Stream & Gas Transport

08/2010 – 03/2013
ZAO Achimgaz, Novy Urengoi:
Deputy General Director Finance Achimgaz

01/2008 – 07/2010
ZAO Gazprom YRGM Trading, Moscow:
Deputy General Director Finance

12/2006 – 12/2007
Wintershall Russland GmbH, Moscow:
Finance Manager

04/2004 – 11/2006
Wintershall Energía S.A., Buenos Aires:
Professional Finance

11/2003 – 03/2004
Wintershall AG, Kassel:
Professional Finance and Accounting

11/2002 – 10/2003
Wintershall AG, Kassel:
Trainee FAST

1997 – 1998
E. Breuninger GmbH, Stuttgart:
Manager Sales and Inventories

Wintershall Holding GmbH, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the extraction of natural resources for 120 years, and in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 85 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, Russia, North Africa, South America, and increasingly the Middle East region. The company wants to expand its business further with exploration and production, selected partnerships, innovation and technological competence. Wintershall employs about 2.000 staff worldwide from 50 nations and is now Germany’s largest, internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer.

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Contact: Michael Sasse