Wintershall Norge license map

Wintershall Norge has around 50 licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, making us one of the largest license holders in the region.

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The Maria field is at the centre of Wintershall Norge’s plan to become one of the leading operators on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The field is located in the Norwegian Sea, on the Halten Terrace in blocks 6407/1 and 6406/3.

The discovery is expected to produce around 130 million barrels of oil and just over 2 billion standard cubic metres (Sm3) of gas.  

Wintershall as the operator in cooperation with Petoro AS and Centrica Resources (Norge) AS as the other license partners have decided on a preferred development solution. The concept is to connect the reservoir to the already existing, closely located infrastructure via a subsea tie-back.

Wintershall Norge is the operator, with a 50 % share. The other licensees are Petoro with 30 % and Centrica with 20 %.

Edvard Grieg

The Edvard Grieg field is located in the Utsira High area of the North Sea. The Norwegian Authorities have approved the development and operation plans for the field, which is expected to come on-stream in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The development plan for the Edvard Grieg field, estimated to hold about 186 million barrels of oil equivalent, includes the drilling of 15 wells using a jack-up rig, a Processing and Living Quarters platform on a jacket structure and export pipelines tied-back to existing infrastructure.

Lundin Petroleum is the operator with a 50 % interest in the field. Wintershall Norge holds 15%, Statoil Petroleum holds 15% and the remaining 20 % is held by OMV (Norge).


The Knarr field, including Knarr West, in the northern North Sea is expected to yield around 85 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent when it comes on stream in 2014. The field, formerly known as Jordbær, is in block 34/3, in an extension of the Tampen Spur area, around 45 kilometres north east of the Snorre field.

The Norwegian Parliament gave its approval to the development of the field in June 2011. Knarr will be developed using a leased floating production, storage and off-loading vessel (FPSO) with two drill centres.

Knarr is operated by BG Norge with 45 %. Idemitsu holds 25 %, while  RWE Dea holds 10 % and Wintershall Norge holds 20 % in the field.


Winterhall Norge’s operated Skarfjell oil discovery, is located in the northeastern North Sea. In April 2013, an appraisal well confirmed our resource estimates of between 60 million and 160 million barrels of recoverable oil.

The Skarfjell discovery is located in production licence 418 around 17 kilometres south west of the Gjøa field and lies between the Grosbeak discovery to the south and the Titan discovery to the north.

The wildcat well 35/9-7 discovered Upper Jurassic reservoir sand of very good quality that contains light oil with a significant oil column.

Other Projects

  • Astero

    The Astero field is situated north of Fram in block 35/11. The discovery was made in 2005 and is being evaluated as a possible subsea tieback to Gjøa or to other potential host installations becoming available in the area.

    Statoil is the operator on the field with a 45% interest. Wintershall Norge holds 25%, while GDF Suez and Idemitsu both have interests of 15%.

  • Grosbeak

    Grosbeak is a North Sea discovery made in 2009. It is located in production license 378. Wintershall Norge is the operator on the discovery and is considering development opportunities in relation to its nearby discovery, Skarfjell.

    Wintershall Norge holds 45%, Talisman has 35% and Premier Oil a 20% interest.


    The Rodriguez and Solberg discoveries lie just to the southeast of the Maria Field in License PL475 on the Haltenbanken in Mid-Norway. The reservoir is sandstone of the Lower Cretaceous Lange Formation in both discoveries. Pressures are slightly different indicating two separate compartments within the channel system. The fluid type is gas condensate with estimated recoverable reserves for Rodriguez and Solberg together of 13 to 65 mmboe. The discoveries continue to be evaluated.

    Wintershall is the operator on the field with a 50 per cent stake. It is considering the commerciality of the find with its partners, Faroe Petroleum (30 per cent) and Centrica Resources (Norge AS) (20 per cent).

  • Asha

    The Asha discovery is located in block 16/1, PL457 next to the Edvard Grieg and Ivar Aasen fields in the central part of the Norwegian North Sea, 200 kilometres off the coast of Stavanger.

    Volume estimates ranges between 20 million and 40 million recoverable barrels, with a significant additional upside.

    Wintershall is the operator of PL457 with a 40 per cent interest. It is considering the commerciality of the find with its partners VNG Norge, Bridge Energy, and E.ON Ruhrgas Norge, who each hold a 20 per cent stake.  

    If commerciality is proven, Asha will be developed jointly with the Ivar Aasen and Edvard Grieg developments.  

  • Yme

    Yme is situated in the south eastern part of the North Sea at a sea depth of 77-93 metres, straddling North Sea blocks 9/2 and 9/5. The field installations consist of an oil storage tank on the sea bottom with a MOPU (Movable Production Unit) installed on three legs on top of the tank.

    Talisman is the operator with a 60% interest. Lotos holds 20%, Norske AEDC and Wintershall Norge have 10% each. The project is facing project delivery delays, and despite our limited, non-operated equity Wintershall is executing its See-to duty by being a constructive partner.

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