Germany A home game
Wintershall Dea’s roots lie in Germany – and even after 125 years, the company still runs its global business from there.
Wintershall Dea’s roots lie in Germany. The company has been active there for more than 100 years. It currently produces from 15 oil fields and around 40 gas fields. Production in Germany is challenging and often only possible at considerable extra cost and effort. That is why production there – with its very high safety and environmental standards – enhances the company’s technological expertise. Its two headquarters are also located in Germany: in Kassel and Hamburg.
Wintershall Dea has focused its activities on the three most important natural gas and crude oil production sites in northern Germany: the Mittelplate crude oil field off the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein, natural gas production in a total of four districts in northwestern Lower Saxony, and oil production in Emlichheim near the German-Dutch border in the west of Lower Saxony.
per cent of the natural gas produced in Germany comes from Lower Saxony.
is how far Dieksand 6, longest German production well, extends into the Mittelplate field.
rock samples per year are processed at the drill core warehouse in Barnstorf.
MILLION BARRELS OF OIL HAS BEEN PRODUCED FROM THE MITTELPLATE FIELD SINCE 1987.
The Mittelplate field is located in the Wadden Sea. It is Germany’s largest oil field and also produces more oil than any other in the country. Wintershall Dea is the sole shareholder. An artificial drilling and production island was constructed seven kilometres off Friedrichskoog to enable production, while strict environmental and safety standards were developed. Mittelplate is one of the main pillars of crude oil production in Germany: More than 35 million tons of oil have been produced from the field and another 15 million tons are currently considered to be recoverable from today’s point of view.*
*Source: Annual report BVEG 2019
Emlichheim - A reliable source for more than 70 years
One of the oldest oil fields in Germany is situated in Emlichheim on the Dutch border. The company has been recovering oil there at a consistently high level for more than 70 years – a world record. That is made possible by steam flooding, where hot steam is injected under pressure into the reservoir. The oil trapped in the rock becomes less viscous and flows more easily to the wells. As a result, up to 40 per cent of the oil in the reservoir can be recovered instead of the usual one-third.
GAS PRODUCTION LOWER SAXONY
Lower Saxony is the centre of natural gas production in Germany and one of Wintershall Dea’s focus regions. Bötersen, Hemsbünde and Völkersen, the natural gas fields in this federal state, are among the ten most productive in the country. The gas field Völkersen is accounting for about 10 per cent of the total German gas production with Wintershall Dea as the sole shareholder. All natural gas produced here is consumed directly in Lower Saxony.