Wintershall s growth strategy over the last decade has been based on a mixture of organic growth along with targeted acquisitions and strategic partnerships. Its core E&P areas are now the North Sea (primarily Norway but also the Netherlands and Denmark) and Russia with North Africa (Libya) and South America (primarily Argentina) also within its portfolio. Its focus has been on increasing production in its traditional core areas as well as developing new natural gas reserves in the UAE. Historically Libya and Argentina have provided the largest source of production for the company having operated in both for over 35 years. In more recent years Norway and Russia have emerged as new core areas of production.