COMPANY Wintershall Norge
At Wintershall Norge, we make things happen. We are one of the most successful oil and gas companies on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) and are one of the leading operators in the industry. The NCS is one of the core regions in Wintershall’s global portfolio and we are here to stay.
Wintershall Norge has a unique advantage being a part of BASF. This gives us a strong financial backbone and the support to achieve our ambitious goals.
We have achieved exploration successes in recent years with for example the Maria and Nova discoveries, and are moving quickly to develop the reserves. Since 2013 we have been the operator of a major production platform in Norway, Brage, and in 2015 we became operator of our first subsea field, Vega. We have a long-term approach and are investing about half of our worldwide exploration budget in the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
I am excited to be leading one of Norway’s most dynamic and ambitious operators. With the world-class team we have assembled, I expect us to reach even greater success.
Hugo Dijkgraaf, Managing Director
Our goal at Wintershall Norge is to be acknowledged as one of the leading operators in Norway, known for the ability to create value and to form the best teams in the industry. Through our successful activities in Norway, we want to help achieve the challenging, overall goals of Wintershall.
- Ensure operational excellence for further profitable production
- Maintain long-term solid growth
- Secure excellent HSEQ performance
- Strengthen expertise in all upstream operations
- Create value as a preferred and reliable partner
- Live our CORE values: being creative, open, responsible and entrepreneurial
- Foster a motivated team – best in the industry
We strongly believe that achieving our ambitious goals means being Creative, Open, Responsible and Entrepreneurial.
Being creative means having the courage to pursue bold ideas, working together to inspire our colleagues and striving to constantly improve every area of the business.
Being open means being receptive to new ideas, valuing diversity, sharing in the success of others, and honestly sharing our opinions in an environment of trust and respect.
Being responsible means never compromising on safety, adhering to demanding standards of compliance, and taking our commitment to society and the environment seriously.
We will be entrepreneurial and make sure that we make decisions which make a difference to our partners and make a contribution to Norwegian society.
History More than 10 years in Norway
Wintershall Norge AS opens office in Oslo
Company is awarded its first licenses in APA 2006
Wintershall Norge announces offer for all shares in the Norwegian listed E&P company Revus Energy ASA
The acquisition of Revus Energy is completed and Wintershall Norge announces that all activities in Norway will move to Stavanger
Wintershall Norge is awarded six exploration licenses in APA 2008 including five operatorships
Wintershall Norge announces the Grosbeak oil and gas discovery in its first operated exploration well on the Norwegian Continental Shelf
The company moves into new offices in Hinna Park in Stavanger
Wintershall increases stake in Grosbeak discovery to 45 percent
Wintershall Norge is awarded four new licenses in APA 2009 including three operatorships
Maria and Blakeney discoveries
Wintershall Norge is awarded ten new production licenses in the APA 2010 licensing round and secures the highest number of production on the NCS after Equinor
Wintershall Norge wins employer of the year award, ranking among three most attractive employers on NCS and is nominated to be explorer of the year
Wintershall is awarded first Operatorship in the Barents Sea
Wintershall raises share in Maria discovery to 50 percent
The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry has awarded Wintershall Norge working interests in seven new exploration licenses in the current round APA 2011
Discovery of Skarfjell
Appraisal well proves in higher range of estimate on oil and gas estimates for “Maria”
Wintershall and Equinor agree on asset swap in the North Sea oil and gas fields Brage, Vega, Gjøa and Edvard Grieg
The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry awards Wintershall Norge working interest in seven new exploration licenses in licensing round APA 2012
Wintershall completes successful appraisal well on Asha Noor
Wintershall Norge completes asset swap deal with Equinor
Opens Bergen office
Wintershall Norge takes over operatorship of Brage from Equinor
Subsea tieback selected as preferred development option for Wintershall's Maria field
Wintershall is awarded eight new licenses in Norway
Wintershall Norge optimizes it's portfolio in the north sea. Northern UK assets aquired by hungarian MOL Group
Wintershall ranked the fastest growing large company in norway by Magazine Kapital
Wintershall acquires from Equinor additional shares in oil and gas fields Vega and Gjøa, the Aasta Hansteen development, the Asterix discovery, the Polarled pipeline project, and four exploration licenses
Studies show higher estimated reserves for the Maria field
Wintershall Norge is awarded eight new promising licenses in APA 2014 including three operatorships
Wintershall Norge takes over operatorship of Vega from Equinor
Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Maria submitted to Norwegian authorities
Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Maria approved by Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.
Wintershall Norge is awarded seven new promising licenses in APA 2015 including four operatorships
Milestone in the Maria development project reached, as templates and pipelines are installed on Haltenbanken in the Norwegian Sea
Wintershall celebrates 10 years in Norway and moves into new office in Stavanger.
Wintershall Norge is awarded five licenses and two operatorships in the APA 2016 licensing round.
Official opening of new office building in Stavanger by Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Anniken Hauglie
Production start on the Maria Field in the Norwegian Sea one year ahead of schedule
Wintershall awarded six new licenses and three operatorships in the APA 2017 license round
Wintershall named “Project Developer of the Year” for the Maria development in the Gullkronen 2018 awards.
The Maria Field was officially opened by Director General of the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy Lars Erik Aamot
Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Nova submitted to Norwegian authorities
Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Nova approved by Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
BASF and LetterOne sign agreement to merge Wintershall and DEA
Production start on the Aasta Hansteen field
Wintershall is Germany's largest internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer. Wintershall is a subsidiary of BASF, the world's leading chemical company. For more than 80 years, Wintershall has produced oil and gas for the European market, exploring on four different continents.
Hugo joined Wintershall as a Production Engineer in 2000, after finalising his Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands. During the last two decades he has held several technical and managerial positions in Wintershall, including Offshore Installation Manager, Senior Business Analyst in Strategic Planning, Manager Production and Well Interventions and Asset Manager.
In 2015 he became Vice President, managing Wintershall Norge’s flagship Maria development. He was appointed Managing Director of Wintershall Norge in November 2017.
Hugo has extensive international experience and is fluent in 4 languages. Before coming to Norway in 2010, he worked in Germany, the Netherlands, Libya and Argentina.
Janne holds an MSc degree in Offshore Technology - specialisation within Environmental Technology from University of Stavanger (UiS). Over the last 14 years she has held various managerial positions within HSE in the oil and gas sector.
Before joining Wintershall Norge, she had HSE and HSEQ management positions in Maersk Drilling; she was supervision coordinator in PSA for mobile facilities and drilling contractors, and project team Leader for PSA`s project Chemical working environment in offshore petroleum activities. Janne has experience in general HSE, occupational health & safety, chemical risk management, quality assurance and regulatory development, audits and supervision activities.
Klaus graduated in Economics from Göttingen University in 1987. After spending a year working at Siemens in Munich, he began a long career with Wintershall, starting with a spell in the audit department in Kassel, Germany.
In 1999 he moved to Tripoli to become Accounting Manager for Wintershall Libya. In 2000 he was promoted to Finance Manager, where he was responsible for finance, IT and procurement, spending four years in the job before moving to the Netherlands to take the same post at Wintershall Noordzee.
In 2009, he moved back to Kassel, where he was Accounting Manager for Wintershall Holding. In 2015, Klaus joined Wintershall Norge as Head of Finance and IT Management.
Guy graduated from Kings College, University of London in 1980 with a degree in Geology. He worked as a geophysicist with Hamilton Brothers predominantly in the North Sea before joining British Gas (later BG) in 1990.
Guy's BG career took him to many parts of the world, including stints in south east Asia, the UK and Norway. In 2004 he became the exploration manager for BG in Norway. He took the same job in Wintershall Norge in January 2010.
Eivind joined Revus in 2006 and came to Wintershall through the acquisition of Revus in 2009. He graduated from University of Stavanger (UiS) with a MSc degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1987, specialisation Reservoir Engineering. Since then he has gained experience from the upstream oil & gas industry through various positions in different companies including Elf, Western Atlas, Enterprise Oil, Shell, Revus and now Wintershall.
Eivind's core professional experience and competencies include field development, project delivery, asset management and joint venture cooperation. He has held various managerial positions for more than half of his career including his current role as Head of Development in Wintershall Norge.
Alv has broad oil and gas industry experience from his career at Equinor and Amoco Norway Oil Company, where he held various leading positions within business development, negotiations, field development, gas supply and infrastructure, gas marketing and Process Control Systems. At Equinor he was VP marketing for Germany and the Netherlands giving him a thorough knowledge of the German gas market. His most recent position, before joining Wintershall in October 2012, was as Offshore Installation Manager at the Kristin field (close to Wintershalls Maria field in the Norwegian Sea).
Before choosing oil and gas, Alv was a director at Telenor Nett, participating in the digitising of Norway and helping to transform Telenor from a monopoly to a listed company on the Norwegian Stock Exchange. He also established a telecom company in Stavanger which he and his partners later sold to Alcatel Telecom.
Alv graduated from the University of Stavanger in 1986 with a Bsc in Microprocessor technology and Economy. He also has a master’s degree in Strategy and Leadership from the Norwegian Business School (BI).
Nils Helge joined Wintershall Norge in April 2011. He had previously worked at Equinor for 23 years where he began his career as a financial analyst. From 1994 he worked in Equinor's international upstream division, where he obtained experience in business development, negotiations, exploration, operations and management.
Nils Helge has experience from Africa, Asia, and from North and South America. He has been seconded overseas for a total of seven years to Houston, Lagos (Nigeria) and Singapore. Before he joined Wintershall Norge, he was director of Equinor's Asia & Oceania Region. Nils Helge graduated as an economist from the University of Bergen in 1987.
Ellen joined Revus in 2004. She holds a BSc degree in Engineering from Bergen Engineering College. She has more than 20 years of experience within oil and gas including stints with Norsk Hydro, Saga Petroleum, Equinor and BP Norge, where she has provided planning and operational support for offshore drilling & well activity, as well early phase field development and project execution.
Ellen has held several managerial positions, including lead engineer for Equinor on the Åsgard project, department manager in Saga Petroleum and performance and project team leader for BP Norway's Drilling and Wells department.
Risk/consequence and cost evaluations have always been an integral part of her work, and she has headed the development of the management systems in both BP Norway Drilling Department and in Revus Energy.
Tone graduated with a Master of Management from the Norwegian School of Management in Stavanger. Over the last 20 years she has held senior management and HR positions in Stavanger kommune, Telia, SpareBank 1 SR-Bank, and Stavanger Aftenblad. Throughout her career Tone has emphasised the importance of obtaining, developing and retaining expertise.
She has helped foster positive attitude toward organisational objectives, and served as a link between management and employees by handling questions, interpreting and administrating contracts and helping resolve work-related problems. She joined Wintershall in June 2009.
Cecilie joined Wintershall in April 2011 from Equinor where she worked for 14 years. Before joining Equinor she spent a few years at Saga Petroleum. Her experience is mainly in procurement, and she was procurement manager in Equinor's International Division for several years.
She also spent 2½ years as procurement manager for Equinor Nigeria in Lagos. Cecilie holds a Master of Management degree from the Norwegian Business School (BI), and includes Supply Chain Management among her specialist subjects.
After graduating with a law degree in 1996, Tina spent three years practising in two Bergen law firms. In between she worked as as an associate professor at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen for one year. After moving to Stavanger, she joined the law firm Kluge in 2002, practising mainly corporate law. In the latter half of her time at Kluge, she was seconded to the legal team within BP Norge for a year and a half, during and after which she focused mainly on the area of petroleum law. In June 2011, she joined Wintershall Norge as Legal Manager. In November 2013, she joined the management team.
Børge Nerland graduated in 1995 with an MSc in Petroleum Engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim. He spent more than a decade working at BP, gaining international experience in the UK, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Trinidad, Algeria and Alaska in the US.
Børge has experience in onshore and offshore drilling, and field developments, with special qualifications in well drilling, completions and intervention. He spent a year as production supervisor on the Valhall platform in the North Sea before moving to Wintershall Norge in 2010. In 2014 he joined the Wintershall Norge management team as Head of Production.
André began his professional career as a process engineer in Wintershall in 1998. He has held a number of engineering, project management and leadership roles, including positions in Strategic Planning, Joint Venture Management and Mergers & Acquisitions. He also has wide international experience, working in Libya, Austria, Germany and now in Norway. After taking over as Head of the Nova project from August 2017, André was promoted to Nova Project Director on June 1, 2018.
André graduated with a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Clausthal University of Technology and is certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®.
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Wintershall Norge holds around 50 licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. We are operator on around half of our licenses which stretch the whole length of the Norwegian coast. Over the past few years, we have been one of the most successful oil and gas companies in the region and we are now developing our own fields for production. We continue to explore our own assets and work closely with our partners to produce oil and gas throughout the whole area, from mature fields in the North Sea all the way to the Barents Sea.