Russia Focus on Gas
In Russia, Wintershall Dea works together with local companies to produce gas and condensate.
Russia is one of the world’s most resource-rich countries. It has 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 together with its partners. On 2 March 2022, Wintershall Dea AG’s Management Board has decided not to advance or implement any additional gas and oil production projects in Russia and to write off its financing of Nord Stream 2 totaling around 1 billion euros.
Where we operate in Russia
Wintershall Dea is involved in three 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.
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.
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.
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 early 2021, Achim Development successfully started the commissioning of Area 4A/5A 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 around 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 extend the life cycle of the field and secure the production plateau for several years, 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. In January 2022, the joint venture completed the drilling of the 100th well in the Turonian formations. This marked the successful conclusion of the Turonian drilling campaign that had started in 2018.