Wintershall boosts oil production in Germany
29 new wells planned in Emlichheim / ARD to report live from production site on 10 November
As part of its theme week "Our Daily Oil", the ARD morning show will be reporting live from Emlichheim on Wedneday, 10 November 2010. Pre-senter Ingo Lamperty will make several live broadcasts direct from the op-erations there informing the viewers about Wintershall's activities in Em-lichheim and about oil production. The production site in the county of Ben-theim is one of Winterhall's traditional production operations in Germany. The company has been producing crude oil there for 65 years - a challeng-ing task compared to producing in other oil regions of the world because the oil in Emlichheim is extremely viscous and therefore more difficult to extract. Wintershall uses a special method to recover the oil: steam at a temperature of 300 °C is injected into the deposit at high pressure, which warms the oil embedded in the rock, making it less viscous and therefore easier to produce.
Innovative production techniques boost production operations and know-how
"By applying steam flooding technology we can keep production in Emlich-heim stable at around 140,000 tons of crude oil per year," Pünnel explains. Wintershall has applied and constantly developed this sophisticated steam flooding technology in Emlichheim since 1981. This has allowed the un-usually long plateau production phase in international comparison. "With the help of steam flooding technology in combination with the enhanced oil recovery method of horizontal drilling we will be able to increase the ulti-mate recovery factor of the Emlichheim deposit to over 40 percent," Pünnel says.
Innovative technologies like this are becoming increasingly important in the production of oil and gas. They can help to significantly extend the life of existing older oil fields. Oil and gas fields in Germany are not easy to de-velop because of the difficult geological conditions. "Compared to produc-tion in operations abroad, production in Germany is often only possible with considerable additional expenditure and special techniques," Pünnel explains. However, the expertise that Wintershall acquires in exploration and production in Germany enhances the company's technical compe-tence and is applied to international projects too.
Production in Germany
The proportion of crude oil produced in Germany compared to overall con-sumption is relatively low - domestic production of about 3 million tons covers just three percent of demand in Germany - but any production "on one's own doorstep" enhances supply security. A large proportion of over-all production in Germany is produced by Wintershall - from 15 oil fields in total. Wintershall is also active in the production of natural gas in Germany, currently from 35 gas fields. The annual consumption of natural gas in Germany is about 100 billion cubic meters, with domestic production ac-counting for about 15 percent of this figure.
About Wintershall Holding GmbH
Wintershall, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 75 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions, where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, North Africa, South America, as well as Russia and the Caspian Sea region. In addition, these operations are complemented by the company's growing exploration activities in the Arabian Gulf. The company em-ploys more than 2,000 staff from 35 nations and is today Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer. With its subsidiaries, WINGAS and WINGAS TRANSPORT, which it operates together with Russia's Gazprom, the BASF sub-sidiary is also an important gas supplier on the German and European market.