Wintershall in Norway
In recent years Wintershall has continued to considerably expand its activities in Norway, which in addition to Russia is the most important oil and natural gas supplier in Europe. Today, Wintershall is one of the leading oil and gas companies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf with a daily production of around 100,000 barrels of oil equivalents. Wintershall now covers the complete operated upstream life cycle from exploration and drilling, through development and production in the region. For the period from 2017 to 2020, Wintershall plans to invest more than €2 billion in exploration and development in Norway, whereby over 50% of the company's worldwide exploration budget will be spent in Norway.
Approx. Number, effective January 2018
Activities in Norway
Wintershall is one of the largest license holders on the Norwegian Continental Shelf with around 50 licenses. The company is an operator of the producing fields Brage, Maria and Vega, and is a partner on several others in production and under development. Currently, the company is working on the development of its next project, Nova, planned for production in 2021.
The Maria field, which is tied into four nearby Equinor Energy AS facilities in the Haltenbanken area of the Norwegian Sea, began production on 16 December 2017 - almost a year ahead of plan and 25 percent below budget. The field was discovered in 2010 and was the first own-operated project developed by Wintershall on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The Maria field is located approximately 20 kilometers east of the Kristin field and about 45 kilometers south of the Heidrun field.
Development of the Nova project
Wintershall’s Nova project (formerly known as Skarfjell) is the second own-operated discovery that is set for development in Norway. The discovery was made in 2012 with two appraisal wells successfully completed between 2013 and 2014. After a thorough technical and commercial investigation into several development solutions, a concept selection was made in February 2017. Under the proposed concept, the reservoir will be connected to the nearby Neptune-operated Gjøa field, via a subsea tie-back.
The recoverable volumes are estimated to around 80 million of oil equivalents. The Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) will be submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy in the first half of 2018.
OVERVIEW OF THE CURRENT LICENCES
Details about Wintershall Norge’s current licenses in Norway are explained in the interactive license map.
Partnership between Wintershall & Equinor Energy AS
Wintershall has become one of the major oil and gas producers on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. One of the key factors for growth was two asset deals with the Norwegian company Equinor Energy AS. As part of the these agreements, Wintershall acquired the operatorships of Brage and Vega, ownership in the producing field Gjøa and the development of Aasta Hansteen and Polarled, in addition to several other licenses. Brage became Wintershall’s first operatorship of a production platform in Norway.