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Bernd Schrimpf proposed as new Managing Director of Wintershall NorgeAfter ensuring successful integration Harald Vabø focuses on new entrepreneurial tasks

Stavanger / Kassel. The Norwegian subsidiary of Germany´s largest crude oil and natural gas producer Wintershall is receiving a new management. Bernd Schrimpf (55) has been proposed to the Supervisory Board of Wintershall’s Norwegian local company as new Managing Director. The graduated petroleum engineer currently runs the operative activities of Wintershall in Germany, in a similar position, with great success. Schrimpf is to take up his new role at Wintershall Norge in Stavanger on 1 September 2010.

Bernd Schrimpf has worked in various positions for Wintershall Holding GmbH for 30 years now. He possesses a wealth of international experience, gathered in positions such as operation and production manager in Libya, Germany and the Netherlands. Moreover he was responsible for numerous offshore projects in the North Sea. Schrimpf: “Norway is one of the most exciting regions in the oil and gas industry. I am so much looking forward to the new challenge in the Norwegian energy capital and the co-operation with an excellent team.”

After Wintershall´s acquisition of Revus Energy in 2008, co-founder Harald Vabø, successfully merged the showcase Norwegian company with Wintershall’s existing local company and integrated it into the Wintershall Group over the last two years. As Managing Director he significantly expanded Wintershall Norge’s position to make the company one of Norway’s biggest licensees with more than 40 licenses. Vabø will dedicate himself to further entrepreneurial challenges in the future. He will remain at Wintershall Norge in an advisory role for the respective transition period.

Wintershall Holding E&P Board Member Martin Bachmann thanked Vabø for his invaluable service. “Harald Vabø has established the basis for excellent growth in Norway with our organization in Stavanger. We must now transpose our exploration success specifically and safely into the next phases of the value creation chain. Bernd Schrimpf has the best possible credentials for this very challenge.”

Offshore Northern Seas

Wintershall will present its activities during the ONS in Stavanger - one of the world’s leading oil and energy trade fairs – from 24 to 27 August. Please visit us in Hall E at our stand E 501 at ONS.

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