Wintershall gets new Norway exploration licences

FRANKFURT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Germany's Wintershall, the gas and oil subsidiary of chemicals group BASF BASF.DE, said on Wednesday it had obtained six additional gas licences for the Norwegian North Sea.

“We will start with seismic explorations of the areas within the next few months,” said Harald Vaboe, managing director of its Norwegian subsidiary, Wintershall Norge.

Norway is the world’s fourth-biggest gas producer and one of the European Union’s biggest suppliers.

Hopes for more shipments from Norway have increased in continental Europe since a row between Russia and Ukraine over gas supplies has left parts of south-east Europe without gas in mid-winter. [ID:nLD73352]

Wintershall bought Norwegian energy firm Revus Energy REVUS.OL for $740 million euros late last year to strengthen its North Sea business.

Three of the six new licences are for Revus.

Norway issued 34 licences to 40 companies in its 2008 allocation round. (Reporting by Vera Eckert; editing by Sue Thomas)