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Wintershall Norge

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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 have ambitions to become one of the leading players 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 extraordinary exploration successes in recent years with for example the Maria and Skarfjell discoveries, and are moving quickly to develop the reserves. In 2013 we became the operator of a major production platform in Norway for the first time. We have a long-term approach and are investing about half of our worldwide exploration budget in the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

I am proud to lead one of the fastest growing oil and gas companies in Norway, and I look forward to even more success in the future. 

Bernd Schrimpf, Managing Director

Our ambitions Ambitious goals

Our goal is to develop Wintershall Norge into a leading oil and gas company in Norway known for its ability to create value and attract the best people in the industry. Our ambitions in 2015 are to:

  • Produce 50 000 boed from our portfolio in Norway
  • Maintain a strong development and exploration portfolio for further growth
  • Secure and maintain a 10 years reserve life
  • Operate own development projects
  • Have a strong in house expertise in exploration, drilling, field development, production operations and business development
  • Maintain a value driven organisation
  • Maintain a strong HSE record, according to Wintershall corporate targets
  • Be recognised as one of the leading new players on the NCS

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.

Wintershall Norge's History Short but productive history

April 2006

Wintershall Norge AS opens office in Oslo

January 2007

Company is awarded its first licenses in APA 2006

October 2008

Wintershall Norge announces offer for all shares in the Norwegian listed E&P company Revus Energy ASA

December 2008

The acquisition of Revus Energy is completed and Wintershall Norge announces that all activities in Norway will move to Stavanger

January 2009

Wintershall Norge is awarded six exploration licenses in APA 2008 including five operatorships

June 2009

Wintershall Norge announces the Grosbeak oil and gas discovery in its first operated exploration well on the Norwegian Continental Shelf

October 2009

The company moves into new offices in Hinna Park in Stavanger

November 2009

Wintershall increases stake in Grosbeak discovery to 45 percent 

January 2010

Wintershall Norge is awarded four new licenses in APA 2009 including three operatorships

July 2010

Maria and Blakeney discoveries

January 2011

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 Statoil

February 2011

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

April 2011

Wintershall is awarded first Operatorship in the Barents Sea

May 2011

Wintershall raises share in Maria discovery to 50 percent

January 2012

The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry has awarded Wintershall Norge working interests in seven new exploration licenses in the current round APA 2011

March 2012

Discovery of Skarfjell

March 2012

Appraisal well proves in higher range of estimate on oil and gas estimates for “Maria”

October 2012

Wintershall and Statoil agree on asset swap in the North Sea oil and gas fields Brage, Vega, Gjøa and Edvard Grieg

January 2013

The Norwegian Petroleum and Energy Ministry awards Wintershall Norge working interest in seven new exploration licenses in licensing round APA 2012

January 2013

Wintershall completes successful appraisal well on Asha Noor

August 2013

Wintershall Norge completes asset swap deal with Statoil

October 2013

Opens Bergen office

Wintershall Norge took over operatorship of Brage from Statoil in October 2013.

October 2013

Wintershall Norge takes over operatorship of Brage from Statoil

Maria Development
Wintershall's plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Maria approved by Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

November 2013

Subsea tieback selected as preferred development option for Wintershall's Maria field

January 2014

Wintershall is awarded eight new licenses in Norway

March 2014

Wintershall Norge optimizes it's portfolio in the north sea. Northern UK assets aquired by hungarian MOL Group

June 2014

Wintershall ranked the fastest growing large company in norway by Magazine Kapital

December 2014

Wintershall acquires from Statoil 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

December 2014

Studies show higher estimated reserves for the Maria field

January 2015

Wintershall Norge is awarded eight new promising licenses in APA 2014 including three operatorships

March 2015

Wintershall Norge takes over operatorship of Vega from Statoil

PDO for Maria submitted
Wintershall submitting the plan for development and Operation (PDO) for Maria for Norwegian authorities.

May 2015

Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Maria submitted to Norwegian authorities

June 2015

Wintershall Norge optimises its portfolio by divesting selected non-operated assets to Tellus Petroleum AS. Tellus becomes new partner on the Maria Development.

Maria Development
Wintershall's plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Maria approved by Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

September 2015

Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for Maria approved by Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

Wintershall history 80 years' success

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.


Bernd Schrimpf
Bernd Schrimpf
Managing Director
Janne Lea
Janne Lea
Klaus Siebert
Klaus Siebert
Finance & Information
Guy Oakes
Guy Oakes
Eivind Torheim
Eivind Torheim
Alv Bjørn Solheim
Alv Bjørn Solheim
Technical Director
Nils Helge Sørgård
Nils Helge Sørgård
Business Development & Commercial
Ellen Braune
Ellen Braune
Drilling & Wells
Tone Samuelsen
Tone Samuelsen
HR & Business Services
Cecilie Tefre
Cecilie Tefre
Hugo Dijkgraaf
Hugo Dijkgraaf
Maria Project Director
Tina Endresen Stornes
Tina Endresen Stornes
Børge Nerland
Børge Nerland

We make things happen Our visual concepts

We make things happen
Wintershall Norge branding and visual concepts
We make things happen
Wintershall Norge branding and visual concepts
We make things happen
Wintershall Norge branding and visual concepts

We make things happen Our visual concepts

License Portfolio & Partnership

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 exploration 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 in the Arctic.