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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.

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Wintershall Norge has more than 60 licenses on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, making us one of the largest license holders in the region.

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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.


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Wintershall Norge’s operated Skarfjell oil and gas development is located in the north-eastern North Sea. 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. 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. 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 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%.


Syrah is an oil discovery located in PL 248F nearby Vega in the north-eastern North Sea. Wintershall and its partners are investigating possible development options for the prospect, including a subsea tie-back to the Vega field.

Ivar Aasen

The Ivar Aasen field is situated west of the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea and was discovered in 2008 with planned start-up in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Ivar Aasen is comprised of resources from five North Sea licenses, PL 001B, 028B, 242, 338 and 547. The unitised field, including Wintershall’s Asha discovery, is being developed in two phases, with the deposits from the Ivar Aasen and West Cable reservoirs extracted via a manned production platform.

Oil and gas will be exported via the nearby Edvard Grieg platform, which will also provide lift gas.


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 one of 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.

Other Projects

The Brage field with Oseberg in the horizon
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.


The Byrding field is previously known as Astero and was discovered in 2005. It is situated north of the Fram field in block 35/11. The Plan for Development and Operation of the field was submitted to the Norwegian authorities in August 2016. Under the preferred development solution a two-branch well will be drilled from the existing Fram H-Nord subsea template, through which oil and gas from Byrding will flow to the closely located Troll C platform. From here oil and gas will be exported through existing pipelines to Mongstad and Kollsnes.

Statoil Petroleum AS is the operator on the field with a 45% interest. Wintershall Norge AS holds 25%, while ENGIE 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 Explora Petroleum AS and Repsol Norge AS holds 17.5% interest.


Yme is situated in the south eastern part of the North Sea at a sea depth of around 90 metres, straddling North Sea blocks 9/2 and 9/5. The field installations consisted of an oil storage tank on the sea bottom with a MOPU (Movable Production Unit) installed on three legs on top of the tank.

Due to structural deficiencies the MOPU was removed in August 2016 by the newly commissioned lift vessel “Pioneering Spirit”. This topside installation will be transported to shore for scrapping.

Repsol 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.

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