Wintershall Spuds Maria Appraisal in Norwegian Sea

Wintershall spudded the Maria appraisal well in the Norwegian Sea. The Maria discovery, which is estimated to contain between 60 and 120 million barrels of recoverable oil and between 2 and 5 billion standard cubic meters (sm3) of recoverable gas, is one of the most significant oil discoveries in Norway in recent years and is situated around 124 miles (200 kilometers) off the coast of Trondheim.

"We have high expectations of this well. Our main objective is to prove oil in the northern part of the structure and to perform extensive data acquisition. The results will help the Maria partnership to decide on the optimum development concept for Maria - either a subsea tieback or a standalone development," said Maria Project Manager Hugo Dijkgraaf.

The drilling operations of well 6407/1-5S in PL 475BS are performed by the rig Borgland Dolphin (mid-water semisub) and are planned for approximately 60 days.

Wintershall Norge operates PL475 BS with a 50% stake, with Petoro (30%) and Centrica (20%) as partners.

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