Russia Reliable partner
In Russia, Wintershall Dea works together with local companies to produce gas and oil. A special partnership for more than 30 years.
Russia is one of the world’s most resource-rich countries. It has the sixth-largest oil reserves and around one-fifth of all known natural gas reserves. The country is the biggest supplier of gas to the European Union. Wintershall Dea is involved in exploring and producing hydrocarbons in Western Siberia and southern Russia together with its Russian partners. The joint projects rely on mutual dialogue and a good working relationship – and have been supplying energy to Europe for more than 30 years.
Wintershall Dea is involved in four onshore projects in Russia. The Urengoyskoye field ‒ one of the world's largest gas and condensate reservoirs ‒ is located some 3,500 kilometres northeast of Moscow, near the city of Novy Urengoy in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area. There, the Achimgaz joint venture produces natural gas from the technically complex Achimov formations in Area 1A. Another joint project, Achim Development, is developing Area 4A/5A. A little further south and also in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area lies the Yuzhno-Russkoye field, in which Wintershall Dea has a stake via the Severneftegazprom joint venture. The Wolgodeminoil joint venture produces crude oil and natural gas in southern Russia near Volgograd, an important transport hub and industrial centre.
BILLION CUBIC METRES OF NATURAL GAS ARE PRODUCED BY THE ACHIMGAZ JOINT VENTURE YEARLY.
METHANE: NATURAL GAS FROM THE YUZHNO-RUSSKOYE FIELD HAS A VERY HIGH DEGREE OF PURITY.
is the ratio of gas in Wintershall Dea’s portfolio in Russia.
Achimgaz – drilling under great pressure
The Achimgaz joint venture, which was founded in 2003, is developing the complex Achimov formations in the Urengoyskoye field. Wintershall Dea has a 50 per cent stake in this project, with the other half held by Gazprom’s subsidiary OOO Gazprom Dobycha Urengoy. Following the completion of the drilling campaign in 2019, the company reached the yearly plateau production of about ten billion cubic metres of natural gas. In June 2020, a production milestone of 50 billion cubic metres of natural gas since the start of production in 2008 was reached. In order to further boost its production capacity, the joint venture is implementing a modernisation programme.
Achimgaz: A German-Russian gas cooperation in Western Siberia
The Achim Development joint venture was founded for the further field development of the Achimov formations. The joint venture with Gazprom, in which Wintershall Dea has a 25.01 per cent stake, is developing Area 4A/5A of the Urengoyskoye field. The first development phase started in 2018. In January 2021, Achim Development successfully started the commissioning of Area 4A and produced first gas and gas condensate from the licence block.
The Yuzhno-Russkoye field was discovered in 1969 and is one of the largest in Russia. The Severneftegazprom joint venture started to operate the field in 2007 and has been producing 25 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year at plateau level since 2009. Wintershall Dea has a 35 per cent share in the economic success of the field, with Gazprom as the lead project partner. Natural gas is produced from the reservoir’s Cenomanian layer. In order to maintain the production plateau, Severneftegazprom is developing the Turonian deposits. Compared to the deeper Cenomanian layer, production from the Turonian formations is considered more complex. The first Turonian well clusters of the full field development came on stream in 2020 and the acceleration of the development is ongoing.
Founded in 1992, Wolgodeminoil is the longest-standing joint venture between a Russian and a Western European partner in the E&P arena. Wintershall Dea and RITEK, a subsidiary of the Russian crude oil producer LUKOIL, each hold a 50 percent stake in the joint venture. The company produces crude oil and natural gas in South Russia.