The Netherlands Smart production

Wintershall Dea has more than 20 platforms on the Dutch Continental Shelf, not merely the Netherlands. Almost all are unmanned and monitored automatically from the mainland.

Natural gas provides approximately half the energy used in the Netherlands.

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Wintershall Dea Netherlands North Sea platform
Wintershall Dea Netherlands North Sea platform
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Wintershall Dea/Dominik Obertreis

Wintershall Dea has been active in the Dutch North Sea for more than 50 years. The company is today as a shareholder of Wintershall Noordzee (50% Wintershall Dea, 50% Gazprom) one of the larger producers of natural gas in the region and operates more than 20 state-of-the-art offshore platforms. It recently drilled three own-operated new wells. For example, Wintershall Noordzee drilled for gas and added to the Q1-D field’s production in 2018 and 2019. In the same year, it successfully decommissioned two large oil platforms, Kotter and Logger, while reusing the topsides of the E18-A platform for the new Sillimanite development, now known as the D12-B production platform. However, it also intends to focus on oil in the future: The core element in that are the Rembrandt and Vermeer fields, ranking among the largest oil discoveries in the southern North Sea in recent times. Development plans are currently on hold due to delays in the environmental permitting process.

Wintershall Dea Quickfact Netherlands
Wintershall Dea Quickfact Netherlands
Map of licences in the Netherlands
Map of licences in the Netherlands
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Wintershall Dea

Where we operate in the Netherlands

Wintershall Noordzee gas production platforms are located on the Dutch Continental Shelf. Almost all are unmanned and monitored automatically from the mainland. To enable that, the company runs the centre for Remote Controlled Operations (RCO) in Den Helder. That also makes production from small fields cost-effective. The Rembrandt oil discovery is located approximately 120 kilometres north of Den Helder in the exploration concession F17a. It is complemented by the neighbouring Vermeer oil field. Wintershall Noordzee (50% Wintershall Dea, 50% Gazprom) is the operator and is currently evaluating development of the two fields.

Wintershall Dea envisages its operations in the Netherlands to actively look into opportunities to engage in the energy transition through carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). The depleted fields held by Wintershall Noordzee have significant CO2 storage potential and are located in proximity to CO2 producers onshore. The project realisation is supported by the regulatory regime of the Netherlands, one of the most progressive in Europe.

150,000

barrels of oil can be stored in local subsea tanks at the F17-A Vermeer facility.

1.2 

million cubic metres of gas per day can be processed at the Ijmuiden Q8 terminal.

100 T

is the weight of the upper part of the mini platform L6-B; the substructure weighs 1,100T.

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FULLY DECOMMISSIONED PLATFORMS HAVE BEEN REUSED AT NEW LOCATIONS IN THE DUTCH NORTH SEA.

Wintershall Dea Mini Platform L6B North Sea
Wintershall Dea Mini Platform L6B North Sea

An aerial view of the L6-B mini platform.

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Flying Focus/Herman IJsseling

L6-B - Tiny platform, big possibilities

L6-B is Wintershall Noordzee’s first mini platform. It has produced natural gas in the Dutch North Sea since 2015. It is operated, controlled, and supplied with power from a larger neighbouring platform. Wintershall Noordzee is the first company that has been allowed to produce here – the unmanned platform is situated in a restricted military area. That is why it was built to be extremely small and light. The strength of the new generation of mini platforms is that they can be used in very shallow waters.