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Maria field in the Norwegian Sea may contain 120 million barrels of oilA positive appraisal well drilled by "Borgland Dolphin" earlier this year, has shown that resources in the field, which was found in the Norwegian Sea in 2010, is located in the upper level of previous calculations. Meaning Maria may contain up to 120 million barrels of oil. Wintershall Norge aims that Maria will start to produce oil in 2017.

Might find more
In these days "Transocean Arctic" starts drilling on the neighboring license, Rodriguez. The operation is expected to last between 40 to 60 days, depending on whether the discovery is positive.

We hope that we can find more oil we can connect to the Maria development, says Director of communications and public affairs at Wintershall Norge, Svein Ildgruben.

PDO in 2014
Approximately 35 employees are now working on what could be the next development in the sea off Kristiansund. Eventually, the project organization in Stavanger will be increased to about 50

The impact assessment will be ready this summer, and then submitted for public hearing. A plan for development and operation (PDO) should be ready early in 2014, so that it can be adopted by the Storting during 2014, said Jannicke Hope on the December conference in Kristiansund. She is Commercial Director in the Maria project.

The first development
Maria will be Wintershall`s first development on the Norwegian shelf. The price tag depends on which solution gets chosen and is probably somewhere between NOK 10 to 20 billion (€ 1,36 to € 2,71 billion).

Wintershall has interests in about 45 licenses in the North Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the Barents Sea, and operates 25 of these. The company operates ten licenses in the Norwegian Sea.




When it comes to exploration, we are now one of the most active companies on the Norwegian shelf. We participate on six to eight exploration wells annually says Ildgruben.

Will decide on concept in 2014
Wintershall Norge is looking at several development solutions, including an independent development of drill ships and storage vessels. Other options are subsea developments tied to one or more host platforms, with Heidrun and Kristin as the most appropriate.

The development may also include the oil field Trestakk that Statoil discovered in 1984. According to figures from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) Trestakk contains about 60 million barrels of recoverable oil and two billion cubic meters of gas.

We have been in close dialogue with Statoil for several months about a possible collaboration, but nothing is settled yet in terms of concept. The decision will be taken in the spring of 2014, says Ildgruben.

German elements
Wintershall is Germany's largest producer of oil and gas, but who until now has been a relatively unknown player in Kristiansund. The company has been active in the North Sea since 1965.

Wintershall has more than 230 employees in Stavanger. This will increase to nearly 500 during 2013. Next year the company will take over operatorship of the Brage field in the North Sea.

License owners of the Maria field are Wintershall (operator) 50 percent, Petoro 30 percent and Centrica Norge 20 percent.

December 10, 2012

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