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Wintershall awards subsea contract for Maria fieldContract value of approximately 300 million US Dollar / Second major Maria execution contract awarded by Wintershall Norge

Stavanger. Wintershall, Germany’s largest internationally active oil and gas producer, announces the award of a major pipeline and subsea construction (PSC) contract to Subsea 7. The contract is worth approximately 300 million US Dollar. It has been assigned after a thorough international selection process and in alignment with the other Maria license partners. The award is the latest contract in the execution of the Maria development further strengthening Wintershall’s position as an operator in the subsea arena.

The PSC contract includes a comprehensive engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) agreement for three major pipeline systems linking the Maria development as a subsea tie-back to existing infrastructure in the Norwegian Sea. Subsea 7 will also install the subsea production system and control umbilicals procured by Wintershall Norge through its contract with FMC in October 2014.

“With this contract, we are moving ahead with the execution of our first operated development in Norway. Maria underlines our position as a growing operator and we are continually building our expertise in this field. This is the second major subsea contract awarded by Wintershall for the Maria project and underlines our commitment to developing fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Wintershall sees future potential for more developments of this kind in Norway, which is becoming a center of excellence for these kinds of activities,” said Bernd Schrimpf, Wintershall Norge Managing Director.

There are three elements to the PSC contract.

EPCI contract for pipeline systems

Subsea 7 will design, procure and install three pipelines linking Maria to surrounding fields. These comprise the 26km production flowline, with direct electrical heating (DEH) cable connected to the Kristin platform, the 46 km plastic-lined water injection pipeline from Heidrun, and the 22 km pipeline that will supply lift gas to Maria from Åsgard via the Tyrihans subsea field.

Installation of SPS structures   

Subsea 7 will also install the subsea production system (SPS) structures supplied by FMC Technologies subsidiary, FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS. This includes two integrated templates, subsea manifolds and the production riser base at Kristin.

Installation of control umbilicals   

Subsea 7 will install the static control umbilicals supplied by FMC Kongsberg Subsea between Kristin and the Maria templates.

In October 2014, Wintershall awarded an SPS and SPS Frame agreement contract to FMC Technologies subsidiary FMC Kongsberg Subsea AS, worth around 1.8 billion NOK.

Background information Maria field   

Approximately 200 kilometers from the Trondheim coastline, Maria is situated on the Halten Terrace in the Norwegian Sea. The field is located about 20 kilometers east of the Kristin field and 45 kilometers south of the Heidrun field in the blocks 6407/1 and 6406/3. The discovery is expected to produce around 180 million barrels of oil equivalent, of which the majority is oil.
Wintershall Norge is the operator, with a 50 % share. The other licensees are Petoro AS with 30 % and Centrica Resources (Norge) AS with 20 %.

Wintershall Holding GmbH, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the extraction of natural resources for 120 years, and in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 80 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, Russia, North Africa, South America, and increasingly the Middle East region. The company wants to expand its business further with exploration and production, selected partnerships, innovation and technological competence. Wintershall employs some 2,500 staff worldwide from 40 nations and is now Germany’s largest, internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer.

Wintershall. Shaping the future.

Contact: Stefan Leunig

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