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60 years of oil production in Landau: Wintershall to further strengthen Landau operationsAnniversary ceremony with the Rhineland-Pfalz state premiere / BASF subsidiary plans further investments in research, infrastructure and production

Landau. BASF subsidiary Wintershall has now been producing crude oil in the Landau region for 60 years. The company plans to ensure its Landau operations continue making an important contribution to the energy supply in Germany in future, too. “We are proud of our long production history here, of our dedicated staff and our good neighborly relations with the people of the southern Pfalz region,” the Wintershall CEO Mario Mehren said. “We don’t just want to maintain these operations, we intend to continue investing in infrastructure, research and production, and carefully examine where additional oil resources are located. After all, we want our horse-head pumps to keep nodding.” On Saturday Wintershall is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Landau site with the Rhineland-Pfalz state premiere Malu Dreyer and around 170 guests from the political sphere and the business community.

Landau is home to one of the largest crude oil fields in the Upper Rhine rift. Wintershall laid the foundation stone for conventional crude oil production in Landau in September 1955. At depths of up to 1,800 meters, horse-head pumps produce the crude oil from a sandstone reservoir. Some 200 wells have been sunk, and about 65 of these are still producing – about 20,000 tons of crude oil annually. To date Wintershall has extracted approximately 4.5 million tons overall in Landau. The MiRO refinery in Karlsruhe then processes the crude oil from Landau.

Despite already producing for 60 years, there are still enough oil reserves in the reservoir, which Wintershall can produce profitably with conventional production methods. With the “Landau 2a” well, for example, in 2011 it developed additional valuable reserves that can sustain production long-term at the site – it is estimated that another half a million tons of crude oil could be recovered in the coming years.

“Wintershall is a reliable partner for our federal state, Rhineland-Pfalz – and has been for 60 years. This long-term engagement bears testimony to successful working practices, innovation and entrepreneurial vision. But for the Wintershall operations in Germany, this commitment is perfectly natural and simply part and parcel of the company’s activities. I wish the Landau operations continued enormous success and hope that crude oil can continue to be produced here for many years to come,” the state premier of Rhineland-Pfalz, Malu Dreyer, said.

Wintershall has been a good and reliable neighbor in the south of Germany for decades. The BASF subsidiary produces crude oil not only in Landau, but also in Großaitingen near Augsburg in Bavaria, and also plans to further develop this site in the coming years. Moreover, Wintershall is also currently testing crude oil production in the Lower Allgäu region and is examining the possibility of resuming development of old crude oil fields in Mönchsrot and Hauerz in Baden-Württemberg. “We are investing in traditional crude oil production in southern Germany because the oil there is a high-quality oil. That makes domestic production worthwhile,” says Andreas Scheck, head of Wintershall Deutschland.

Wintershall has been producing crude oil and natural gas in Germany for around 80 years. So far the BASF subsidiary has produced about as much oil from its operations here in Germany as Saudi Arabia has exported to Germany in 20 years. Hence, the company is not only making a contribution to a secure energy supply: Wintershall trains staff in Germany who can then be deployed internationally, and in its domestic production operations, which comply with the highest environment and safety standards, it acquires important know-how that can provide access to oil and gas resources worldwide.

Wintershall Deutschland, based in Barnstorf in Lower Saxony, forms the centre of Wintershall’s exploration and production activities. This is where crucial know-how on drilling and production technologies is developed and applied worldwide. The company has been producing domestic crude oil since 1930. It has been producing natural gas since 1951. Among other things, Wintershall is the operator of the only gas production platform in the German North Sea (A6-A) and also has a 50 percent share in the Mittelplate oil field off the German coast, which is Germany’s largest oil field in the North Sea. In addition, it also produces domestic energy around Barnstorf in the district of Diepholz, in Emlichheim (County of Bentheim), in Landau in the Pfalz region and in Aitingen/Schwabmüchen near Augsburg. Wintershall Deutschland employs 400 members of staff. 

Wintershall Holding GmbH, based in Kassel, Germany, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BASF in Ludwigshafen. The company has been active in the extraction of natural resources for 120 years, and in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas for over 80 years. Wintershall focuses on selected core regions where the company has built up a high level of regional and technological expertise. These are Europe, Russia, North Africa, South America, and increasingly the Middle East region. The company wants to expand its business further with exploration and production, selected partnerships, innovation and technological competence. Wintershall employs some 2,500 staff worldwide from 40 nations and is now Germany’s largest, internationally active crude oil and natural gas producer.

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Contact: Mark Krümpel