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Discover our history of oil & gas 125 years full of milestones

Follow us on a journey into the history of oil and gas and discover important milestones of our company history, from its establishment by Carl Julius Winter and Heinrich Grimberg, to its present day.



First own-operated exploration

Wintershall begins its first own-operated exploration well in Argentina in the Aguada Federal block. Together with the local state-owned energy company Gas y Petróleo del Neuquén S.A. Wintershall intends to investigate the block and continue with its development in Argentina.


Asset swap with Equinor Energy AS: Wintershall expands production in Norway significantly

BASF and Equinor Energy AS exchange shares in the oil and gas fields Brage, Vega, Gjøa and Edvard Grieg in the North Sea. With Brage, for the first time Wintershall takes over the operatorship of a major production platform on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

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BASF and Gazprom agree on asset swap

Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE, and Alexej Miller, Chairman of the Management Committee of OAO Gazprom, signed a legally binding basic agreement to swap assets of equivalent value. Through the swap, BASF and Wintershall aim to further expand the production of oil and gas and to exit the gas trading and storage business. Kurt Bock: “With this step, we are further developing our more than 20 year partnership: Gazprom will become more active in the natural gas trading and storage business and we will jointly expand the production at the source.”

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New Office in Abu Dhabi

Wintershall opens its first own representative office in Abu Dhabi and further expands its involvement in Middle East. 2012 follows the technical appraisal of the sour gas and condensate field Shuwaihat with Wintershall as the operator. The first exploration well in Shuwaihat is drilled 2015.

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A successful acquisition: Wintershall takeover of Norwegian RevusEnergy ASA

At the end of 2008, after the successful acquisition of the Norwegian company Revus Engergy ASA, the first self-operated wells off the coast of Norway and Great Britain quickly produce good results and oil discoveries.



Trendsetting: Radio-controlled production in the North Sea

A state-of-the-art platform control center on the mainland uses radio to monitor the production of over 15 offshore platforms in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. The Russian Yuzhno Russkoye gas field comes on stream. Wintershall is the first German company to produce natural gas jointly with Gazprom in Siberia.


The first wells in Western Siberia

Wintershall and Gazprom start drilling in Western Siberia due to the signing of the Achimgaz joint venture. The drilling will produce gas from a section of the Achimov formation, in the Siberian Urengoy field. The official start-up follows rapidly in 2008.


The world's Southernmost gas platform

is commissioned in Argentina. This is the largest offshore project to date for the production of hydrocarbons in Argentina.


Takeover of Clyde Netherlands B.V.

The acquisition of the Dutch company Clyde makes Wintershall one of the largest natural gas producers in the southern sector of the North Sea.

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Shared production: Wintershall & Gazprom

Wintershall and Gazprom agree to jointly produce oil and gas in Russia as well as in other countries. At the same time Wintershall withdraws from its refinery activities.


WINGAS founded: A joint venture of Wintershall and Gazprom

WINGAS founded! WINGAS is established as a natural gas trading company held jointly with Gazprom. The company supplies gas to municipal utilities, regional gas suppliers, industrial companies, and power stations in Germany and other Western European countries. 2015 Gazprom takes over WINGAS with 100%.


A new partnership marketing natural gas from Russia

Wintershall signs a long-term agreement with OAO Gazprom, the world's largest gas producer, to market Russian gas in Western and Eastern Europe.



New strategic direction: Crude oil and natural gas

The latest strategic direction: Wintershall's activities focus on oil and gas.

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The largest European subsidiary of BASF

Wintershall is now part of BASF in Ludwigshafen/Germany and immediately becomes the company's largest European subsidiary. For BASF, Wintershall represents an important supplier of natural resources and a key component of its resource security strategy.


Wintershall oil production facility founded in Barnstorf

The company establishes the Wintershall oil and gas production facility at the new location in Norther Germany, Barnstorf, and rapidly grows its workforce to 1,600 employees.


The first gas is found in Bentheim

Wintershall makes its first natural gas discovery in the Grafschaft Bentheim district.


The first production of crude oil

In 1930, oil accidentally leaks into a potash mining shaft which quickly opens up new and exciting prospects for the future. Less than a year later, crude oil production is added into Wintershall’s areas of operations.

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Wintershall founded

Carl Julius Winter and Heinrich Grimberg establish the drilling company Wintershall and in its early years, the company produces potassium salt.