Cooperation on Wisting and Hades/Iris

June 26, 2019 11:00 CEST | Last modified June 26, 2019 11:36 CEST
Photo from the signing of the MoU
Johann Pleininger (left), executive board member responsible for Upstream in OMV, and Arne Sigve Nylund, Equinor’s executive vice president for Development and Production Norway, signed the MoU this week. Behind: Knut Egil Mauseth (left), SVP North Sea & Managing Director OMV Norway, Asbjørn Løve, vice president Partner operated fields DPN, and Torger Rød, senior vice president project development TPD.

Equinor and OMV have signed two memorandums of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on both the Wisting development in the Barents Sea and the concept development for the Hades/Iris discovery in the Norwegian Sea.

Both MoUs were signed this week by Arne Sigve Nylund, Equinor’s executive vice president for Development and Production Norway, and Johann Pleininger, executive board member responsible for Upstream in OMV.

“It is important for us to create value and maintain activity on the Norwegian continental shelf for many decades ahead, in close cooperation with other players. We are pleased to take over and pursue such a well-prepared project through this cooperation,” says Nylund.

As development operator, Equinor will lead project development. In an integrated project organization, OMV personnel will have leading positions within subsurface work, drilling operations and activities related to the operating phase.

“This kind of cooperation is a competitive force of the NCS. Our experience from developing large offshore projects and our many years of presence in the Barents Sea, combined with OMV’s experience as a global operator, prove that we can utilize the strength of each company,” says Nylund.

The Hades/Iris discovery is located on Haltenbanken close to the Equinor-operated Morvin, Kristin, Heidrun and Åsgard fields.

The MoU calls for the companies to cooperate on finding the best solution for development and tie-in of Hades/Iris to the existing infrastructure. According to the agreement OMV will continue as operator.

“Close cooperation between the largest owners of these two licences is based on the expertise of both companies, and these agreements will enhance diversity on the NCS. We will share knowledge and ensure continuity in these projects,” says Pleininger.

Formal transfer of the Wisting operatorship is scheduled for the third quarter of this year and is subject to approval by Norwegian authorities.

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  • The Wisting discovery (PL 537) is located in the Barents Sea 
  • Volumes are estimated at 440 million barrels of oil
  • The discovery was made in 2013
  • Licensees: OMV (Norge) AS (25%), Equinor (35%), Petoro AS (20%) and Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (20%) 


  • The Hades/Iris discovery (PL 644/B/C) is located on Haltenbanken in the Norwegian Sea
  • Preliminary estimates indicate a discovery in the range of 40 to 245 million barrels of oil equivalent
  • The gas and condensate discovery was made in 2018
  • Licensees: OMV (Norge) AS (30%), Equinor (40%), DNO North Sea (Norge) AS (20%) and Spirit Energy Norway AS (10%)