Core regions across the world

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Exploration & Production Business. Passion. Future.

It is hard to imagine business operations and private activities in our global industries without oil and gas.

They provide energy for heat and power as well as for things we use every day. While global demand is rising, reserves are limited. We need innovative technologies in order to produce from reservoirs more efficiently.

In many respects, the E&P industry is facing upheaval. The markets for oil and gas are turbulent and will continue to be so. As a result of the low oil prices, E&P companies have to work even more efficiently. Wintershall is in a good position to overcome these challenges. 

Thanks to our international energy partnerships, we will score with efficiency, performance and innovation. We develop a large part of the new, trend-setting technologies in our home region, Germany, where production has always been a complex and challenging matter when it comes to geological conditions. Therefore domestic production is at the heart of our continuous innovation strategy. 

Oil in everyday life No energy without resources

No energy without resources. This is why we are continuously seeking to develop new production sites and reservoirs of oil and gas. Throughout the world. For more than 85 years. Thus, we have accumulated so much technical expertise that even difficult geological and climatic conditions pose no problems for us – whether in very hot desert regions, in the Siberian tundra at minus 50 degrees Celsius, or on the high seas. Our current reserves will last for roughly ten years. Additional promising new resources are ahead of us.

Teamwork with strong partners. The German-Russian Achimgaz and Yuzhno Russkoye joint ventures, for example, have reserves of up to 800 billion cubic meters of natural gas. In Europe we focus among other things on discovering more oil reservoirs in Norway. Wintershall currently holds roughly 50 licenses in Norway, half of them as operator. Wintershall is also an established gas producer in Argentina. Central Argentina and the area of the coast of Tierra del Fuego have outstanding potential for new finds and growth. Beyond these, Wintershall is also expanding its activities in the Middle East.

Our core regions Facts & Figures

Natural gas ensures energy supplies for the European market

Natural gas is an energy source that's clean, flexible and affordable. Wintershall has grown at the source and increased its own natural gas production in Europe.

Cost-effective pipeline distance:
Region Pipeline-Distance
Europe 05 trillion m³
Russia 44 trillion m³
Caspian Region 14 trillion m³
Africa 15 trillion m³
Iran 30 trillion m³
Not in pipeline distance:
Region Pipeline-Distance
North America 09 trillion m³
South and Central America 08 trillion m³
Qatar 25 trillion m³
Middle East 21 trillion m³
Asia Pacific 16 trillion m³

More than pipelines Our partnerships

GASCADEInfrastructure along 2,400 kilometers

The 2,400-kilometer GASCADE network of gas pipelines links suppliers and customers all over Germany. Located at the heart of Europe and directly connected to the major European transit lines from Russia and the North Sea, this infrastructure has become an important hub of the European natural gas transport system. More information:

Nord StreamEnergy for Europe

The 1,224-kilometer Nord Stream pipeline runs through the Baltic Sea as a direct link between Russia and Germany. From its arrival point in Lubmin on the Baltic coast, the Russian gas is routed to customers in western and central Europe via two connecting pipelines: the OPAL Baltic Sea Pipeline Link and the NEL Northern European Gas Pipeline.  Get more information

NELThe Northern European Gas Pipeline

The 441-kilometer Northern European Gas Pipeline NEL links the Nord Stream pipeline with the pipeline systems in northern and western Europe. It has been in operation since 2012.

OPALSafe and reliable

Since the fall of 2011, the Baltic Sea Pipeline Link (OPAL) has carried natural gas over 472 kilometers from the end of the Nord Stream Pipeline in Lubmin to Brandov in the Czech Republic.

Nord Stream 2

The Nord Stream 2 project comprises the construction of two offshore pipelines from Russia to Germany, which will run through the Baltic Sea and have a total annual capacity of 55 billion cubic meters of gas. Hence, Nord Stream 2 will double the capacity of the transit route through the Baltic Sea.