United Kingdom Self-sufficient production
Off the British coast, Wintershall Dea has been producing since 2011 – efficiently and with state-of-the-art technology.
Wintershall Dea holds six concessions off the British coast as a shareholder of Wintershall Noordzee (50% Wintershall Dea, 50% Gazprom) which is operator in all of them. The most important project at present is the company’s first self-operated natural gas production operation in the British North Sea: Gas is being produced successfully from Wingate, a field discovered in 2008, using an unmanned platform. The portfolio also includes the two natural gas fields Sillimanite and Winchelsea, which were discovered in 2015 and 2016 respectively. All the concessions and production are supervised and controlled from the Wintershall Noordzee locations in the Netherlands.
Wintershall Noordzee exclusively operates offshore in the UK. The Wingate natural gas field belongs to concession block 44/24b and is located east of the British coast off Scarborough. The Sillimanite gas field is situated directly to the north of Wingate and is currently being brought into production by the company. The Winchelsea gas field is located around ten kilometres west of the Wingate complex.
The Wingate field came on stream in 2011. To enable that, a 1,200 square metre production platform was anchored to the seabed. The unmanned platform is fully self-sufficient: A mini turbine power station generates electricity using the natural gas extracted directly from the field. Production is controlled using the company's own Remote Controlled Operations (RCO) telemonitoring system from Den Helder in the Netherlands. The gas produced is transported by pipeline to the nearby D15-A platform and from there to the Dutch mainland.