Technology & Service Center A Place for Innovation

The foundation for new ideas: The central Wintershall Dea location for Reservoir and Production Services is in Barnstorf, Germany. It promotes technology, innovation and expert advice for customers worldwide.

The oldest rock sample stored in Wintershall Dea's drill core facilities dates back to 1911.

 

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Wintershall Dea laboratory technician
Wintershall Dea laboratory technician
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Who we are

The TSC in Barnstorf is Wintershall Dea’s competence center for Reservoir Services and Production Services. We provide a multifaceted portfolio of complex analyses and fit-for-purpose solutions which support the assessment of reservoirs and the optimisation of operations, recovery, and storage.

The technical equipment of the new laboratory is unique in the German-speaking world. A total of 5.8 million euros was invested in the new building. Furthermore, we have established connections to analytical partner labs for specialised measurements.

Wintershall Dea Technology Service Center
Wintershall Dea Technology Service Center

At TSC in Barnstorf, an interdisciplinary team of experts consults customers from all over the world. It specialises in production and reservoir challenges.

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Wintershall Dea Modern analysis and consulting
Wintershall Dea Modern analysis and consulting

The specialists from the TSC support the company locations worldwide in the fields of geosciences and production chemistry.

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Modern analysis and consulting

The TSC in Barnstorf supports Wintershall Dea’s domestic and international business locations with analytical investigations and consulting services in the fields of geosciences and production chemistry. The specialists know Wintershall Dea’s business very well and offer a portfolio of modern analyses and tailor-made solutions. In the oil archive, numerous samples from oil productions and from borehole tests are kept for later investigations.

Over

70,000

metres of drill cores are stored in the drill core warehouse in Barnstorf.

1911

The year of the oldest rock sample stored at the core warehouse.

Production Services

Our Drilling Fluids & Cement Lab provides the basis for cost-effective selection of appropriate third-party products, root cause analysis of drilling problems as well as quality control of formulations and procedures.

A multitude of chemistry-related aspects specific to the production of gas and oil are being addressed by our Gas & Oil Field Services.

Our Materials & Corrosion Lab is equipped with a variety of characterisation and testing methods. References from material and corrosion science as well as synergies with chemistry ensure cost-effective and customised solutions.

Reservoir Services

We offer a broad range of consulting and analytical services from nano to basin scale.

Our Reservoir Specialists Group are subject matter experts in reservoir characterisation, operations geology and big data handling.

The Advanced Core Analysis & Digital Rocks Lab characterises reservoir fluids, conducts core flooding and petrophysical measurements, and provides state-of-the-art pore scale analyses and simulations.

Our aim is to provide tailor-made solutions for reservoir characterisation challenges. We work together with selected contractors to achieve this.

Digital Rocks

How leading-edge digital technology helps analyse the potential of gas and oil fields quickly, precisely and efficiently.

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Wintershall Dea Labor Barnstorf

Digital Rocks

How leading-edge digital technology helps analyse the potential of gas and oil fields quickly, precisely and efficiently.

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Wintershall Dea laboratory technician
Wintershall Dea laboratory technician

Over 2,000 samples from all extraction facilities are analysed in Barnstorf every year.

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Wintershall Dea/Daniel Pilar

Virtual Rocks in 3D

Wintershall Dea further expanded its Service & Technology Center in Barnstorf. At its heart is a microcomputed tomography scanner that can be used to create high-precision 3D images of rock samples from natural gas and oil reservoirs or from CO2 and hydrogen storage sites. This process is called Digital Rocks. Hundreds of rock samples are examined each year.

Wintershall Dea drill core sample
Wintershall Dea drill core sample

The drill core storage facilities are Wintershall Dea's geological "memory". The stored samples can be re-evaluated even decades later.

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Wintershall Dea/Christian Burkert

The core warehouses

The expanded core warehouses in Barnstorf and Wietze store drill cores from all over the world – from the North German Basin to the Norwegian Barents Sea. Currently, it is about 70,000 core metres. The oldest rock sample dates back to 1911. The samples are the company’s “memory” and can even be re-evaluated decades later. 

Wintershall Dea analysis of samples
Wintershall Dea analysis of samples

The laboratory's services help Wintershall Dea to expand its carbon management and hydrogen business.

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Wintershall Dea/Bernd Schoelzchen

Services for the energy transition

The existing reservoir characterisation and laboratory services are used to support Wintershall Dea’s ambition to grow its carbon management and hydrogen business. For example, the Digital Rocks analysis is used to simulate CO2 injection into potential CCS targets. The TSC is continuously seeking to increase the skills of its energy transition capabilities and is keen to collaborate also with external operators.

With the Technology & Service Center, Wintershall Dea leverages services, technology and innovation across our global portfolio, based on the actual needs of the asset teams.

Hugo Dijkgraaf
Chief Technology Officer

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