Projects Turning our licenses into success
Wintershall Norge has more than 60 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 80,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day. We are committed to making things happen and are set on being a leading operator on the shelf.
The Maria field is an essential part of Wintershall Norge’s plan to become one of the leading operators 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 approved by Norwegian authorities in September 2015.
Learn more about the approved plan for development and operation (PDO) for Maria here.
Nova (formerly known as Skarfjell) is an oil discovery located in the northeastern North Sea, around 16 kilometers south west of the Gjøa field. The Upper Jurassic reservoir sand is of very good quality containing light oil with a significant oil column and a gas cap.
Under the preferred solution the field will be developed with two subsea templates tied back to the nearby Gjøa platform for processing and export. Gjøa will also provide lift gas to the field and water injection for pressure support. The expected recoverable reserves are estimated to 80 million barrels of oil equivalents.
The majority of the discovery is located in PL418, with minor volumes in PL378, 248C, and an open area (former PL420).
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. Revised production start-up is planned for late 2018.
The field will be developed using a SPAR platform comprising a floating topside with a vertical column moored to the seabed. Nearby discoveries, including Snefrid North and Asterix, are being considered as tie-backs to the platform.
Wintershall Norge acquired its share in the development project in 2014.
Polarled is a new 481 kilometer gas pipeline that connects 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 will be connected to this infrastructure. The pipeline is now installed on the seabed. Modifications at Nyhamna are ongoing.
Polarled is a joint venture between 11 equity partners. Statoil is the operator with a 37.1% share. Wintershall Norge with 13.3% is the second largest shareholder.
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).
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 topside installations was conducted in 2016, the jacket was removed during 2017. The only remaining scope is the plugging and abandoning of one subsea well which will require a rig. This is scheduled to take place in 2018 - 2019. 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 via the Murchison platform has ceased in conjunction with the Murchison decommissioning.
Syrah and Antares are oil discoveries located in PL 248F nearby Vega in the north-eastern North Sea. Wintershall and its partners are investigating possible development options for the prospects, including a subsea tie-back to the Vega field.
Wintershall Norge AS is operator of the license with a 40% stake. Petoro AS holds 40%. Origo Exploration Norway AS has 20%.
Luno II is an oil discovery located in the North Sea, some 15km south of the Edvard Grieg field in PL359. Wintershall and its license partners are evaluating a possible tieback to Edvard Grieg. Several concepts are under investigation.
Lundin Norway AS is the operator of the field with a 50% interest. OMV Norge AS owns 20%. Wintershall Norge AS and Statoil Petroleum AS each own 15%.
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%.
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