STAVANGER — Wintershall Dea has been awarded 13 exploration licenses by the Norwegian Ministry of Energy in the 2023 Award in Predefined Areas (APA).
Five licenses were awarded to Wintershall as operator and eight as a partner.
Wintershall has participated in 19 discoveries since 2019. Most of these are the result of licenses awarded in previous APA rounds.
“In terms of our operated fields, in the last two years we have begun production on Dvalin and Nova, and we will start production on Dvalin North and Maria Phase 2 in the coming years," said Michael Zechner, Wintershall Dea Norge Managing Director. "Most of these developments began with our gaining of licenses through awards in previous APA rounds. The continued development of fields ensures that we can supply much needed gas to Europe and especially Germany, where Norway was the most important gas supplier in 2023."
Three of the licenses awarded are in the North Sea (one as operator) and 10 in the Norwegian Sea (four as operator). Nine of the awards are new licenses, and four are area extensions to existing licenses.
The Norwegian Sea awards are located in the Vøring Basin, where Wintershall has a stake in the Aasta Hansteen Field, and the Haltenbanken area, where Wintershall is the operator of the Maria and Dvalin fields.
In the North Sea, the awards are located in the Q35 area, close to the Wintershall-operated Nova and Vega fields, and the Tampen area close to the Snorre Field where Wintershall is a partner.