Projects Turning our licenses into success
Wintershall Norge has around 50 licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, making us one of the largest license holders in the region. We operate around half of these licenses and are now developing our own discoveries. Since our establishment in Norway in 2006 we have enjoyed considerable exploration success. We expect our portfolio of licenses to continue providing boosts to our production capability.
We are currently producing around 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day. We are committed to making things happen and are set on becoming a leading player on the shelf.
The Maria field is an essential part of Wintershall Norge’s plan to become one of the leading players on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The field is located in the Norwegian Sea, on the Halten Terrace in blocks 6407/1 and 6406/3.
The discovery has an estimated recoverable volume of around 180 million barrels of oil equivalent.
Wintershall as the operator in cooperation with the other license partners have decided on a preferred development solution for Maria. The concept is to connect the reservoir to the already existing, closely located infrastructure via a subsea tie-back. The Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) was submitted to Norwegian authorities in May 2015.
Wintershall Norge AS is the operator, with a 50 % share. The other licensees are Petoro AS with 30 % and Centrica Resources (Norge) AS with 20 %.
The Edvard Grieg field is located in the Utsira High area of the North Sea. The Norwegian Authorities have approved the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) for the field. The field is expected to come on-stream in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The development plan for the Edvard Grieg field, estimated to hold about 186 million barrels of oil equivalent, includes the drilling of 15 wells using a jack-up rig, a Processing and Living Quarters platform on a jacket structure and export pipelines tied-back to existing infrastructure.
Lundin Norway AS is the operator with a 50 % interest in the field. Wintershall Norge AS holds 15%, Statoil Petroleum AS holds 15% and the remaining 20 % is held by OMV (Norge) AS.
The Knarr field, including Knarr West, in the northern North Sea is expected to yield around 85 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent when it comes on stream in 2015. The field, formerly known as Jordbær, is in block 34/3, in an extension of the Tampen Spur area, around 45 kilometres north east of the Snorre field.
The Norwegian Parliament gave its approval to the development of the field in June 2011. Knarr will be developed using a leased floating production, storage and off-loading vessel (FPSO) with two drill centres.
Knarr is operated by BG Norge AS with 45 %. Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS holds 25 %, while RWE Dea Norge AS holds 10 % and Wintershall Norge AS holds 20 % in the field.
Winterhall Norge’s operated Skarfjell oil and gas development is located in the northeastern North Sea. In April 2014, an appraisal well increased the estimated volume range to 120-230 million barrels of oil equivalent. The Upper Jurassic reservoir sand is of very good quality containing light oil with a significant oil column and a gas cap.
The development is located in production licenses PL 418 and PL 378 around 17 kilometers south west of the Gjøa field and lies between the Grosbeak discovery to the south and the Titan discovery to the north. The majority of the field is located in PL 418 while the southern tip of the field extends into PL 378.
A cost sharing and cooperation agreement has been entered into between PL 418 and PL 378 for the activities during the planning period of the field. The partners are now investigating the best option for the development of the field.
The Aasta Hansteen field discovered in 1997 is located in the Norwegian Sea, 300 kilometres west of Bodø. The Plan for Development and Operations (PDO) was submitted to Norwegian Authorities in December 2012 and approved in June 2013. According to the PDO, the operator Statoil expects production to start in late 2017.
The field development will include a floating SPAR platform with a vertical column moored to the seabed.
Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator with a 51 % interest in the field. Wintershall Norge AS holds 24 %, OMV (Norge) AS holds 15 % and ConocoPhillips Scandinavia AS holds the remaining 10 %.
Polarled is a new 480 kilometre gas pipeline that will connect Aasta Hansteen in the Norwegian Sea to the Nyhamna gas processing facility in Møre og Romsdal county in north western Norway. The pipeline facilitates the development of Aasta Hansteen and in the future other fields may be connected to this infrastructure.
Polarled is a joint venture between 11 equity partners. Statoil is the operator with 37.1% share. Wintershall Norge with 13.3% is the second largest shareholder.
The Asterix discovery is located 80km west of Aasta Hansteen in PL327 and PL327B in the Vøring Basin area of the Norwegian Sea.
Wintershall and its partners are investigating possible development options for the gas and condensate discovery including a subsea tieback to the Aasta Hansteen facility.
Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator of the discovery with a 51% share. Wintershall Norge AS has 19%, Petoro AS has 20%, and A/S Norske Shell has 10%.
The Murchison field, discovered in 1975, straddles the border between the Norwegian and British sectors in the Tampen area, East Shetland basin in the northern part of the North Sea (Block NO-33/9 and UK-211/19). The Norwegian and British licenses and authorities entered into an agreement in 1979 on common exploitation of the resources.
Murchison began production in 1980. The field ceased to produce in March 2014, having delivered more than 390 million barrels of oil over the years through an oil pipeline to the Sullom Voe terminal on the Shetland Islands. Decommissioning activities started in 2013 with plugging and abandoning of the wells, and cleaning and isolating the facilities. Removal of the installations is scheduled to take place in 2016 - 2019. It includes the largest platform removal operation to date in the North Sea. The field is operated by CNR International Limited (UK) with Wintershall as co-venturer.
The Delta discovery lies adjacent to the Murchison field and is 100% owned by Wintershall. The test production has ceased in conjunction with the Murchison decommissioning.
Projected oil reserves
The Astero field is situated north of Fram in block 35/11. The discovery was made in 2005 and is being evaluated as a possible subsea tieback to Gjøa or to other potential host installations becoming available in the area.
Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator on the field with a 45% interest. Wintershall Norge AS holds 25%, while GDF Suez E&P Norge AS and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS both have interests of 15%.
Grosbeak is a North Sea discovery made in 2009. It is located in production license PL 378. Wintershall Norge is the operator on the discovery and is considering development opportunities in relation to its nearby discovery, Skarfjell.
Wintershall Norge AS holds 45%, Capricorn Norge AS has 20% and both Exploar Petroleum AS and Talisman Energy Norge AS holds 20% interest.
Rodriguez / Solberg
The Rodriguez and Solberg discoveries lie just to the southeast of the Maria Field in License PL475 on the Haltenbanken in Mid-Norway. The reservoir is sandstone of the Lower Cretaceous Lange Formation in both discoveries. Pressures are slightly different indicating two separate compartments within the channel system. The fluid type is gas condensate with estimated recoverable reserves for Rodriguez and Solberg together of 13 to 65 mmboe. The discoveries continue to be evaluated.
Wintershall is the operator and has a 35 % stake in the license. It is considering the commerciality of the find with its partners, Faroe Petroleum Norge AS (20 %), Centrica Resources (Norge) AS (20 %), Moeco Oil & Gas Norge AS (15 %) and Spike Exploration Holding AS (10 %).
The Asha discovery is located in block 16/1, PL457 next to the Edvard Grieg and Ivar Aasen fields in the central part of the Norwegian North Sea, 200 kilometres off the coast of Stavanger.
Volume estimates ranges between 20 million and 40 million recoverable barrels, with a significant additional upside.
Wintershall Norge AS is the operator of PL457 with a 40% interest. It is considering the commerciality of the find with its partners Det norske oljeselskap AS (40%) and VNG Norge (20%).
If commerciality is proven, Asha will be developed jointly with the Ivar Aasen and Edvard Grieg developments.
Yme is situated in the south eastern part of the North Sea at a sea depth of 77-93 metres, straddling North Sea blocks 9/2 and 9/5. The field installations consist of an oil storage tank on the sea bottom with a MOPU (Movable Production Unit) installed on three legs on top of the tank.
Talisman Energy Norge AS is the operator with a 60% interest. Lotos Exploration and Production Norge AS holds 20%, Kufpec Norway AS and Wintershall Norge AS have 10% each. The project is facing project delivery delays, and despite our limited, non-operated equity Wintershall is executing its See-to duty by being a constructive partner.
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