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 eight decades. 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.
Crude oil is produced in North Germany from the Mittelplate offshore field and from the onshore fields in Emlichheim and the region of Barnstorf. There are also oil fields in Landau in the Palatinate, and Aitingen, Bavaria. The company produces natural gas in Lower Saxony from fields such as Weyhe, Hemsbünde, Bötersen and Völkersen, as well as in Staffhorst. Natural gas also comes from the German North Sea – from Germany’s only offshore gas production platform A6-A.
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 it is estimated a further 20 to 25 million tons can be recovered.
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. Further wells in as yet undeveloped parts of the field are planned in 2019.