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04.12.2014

Something new in the west: Wintershall Deutschland says thank you with cinema adNew oil production-themed cycle path / Emlichheim site has excellent prospects for the future

Emlichheim/Meppen/Lingen. One of the largest and oldest oil fields in Germany is situated in western Lower Saxony. In Emlichheim (County of Bentheim), Wintershall has been recovering oil for the last 70 years – and to this day at a consistently high level. The oil and gas company is promoting the longstanding oil production in the region by means of a short commercial that is being screened in cinemas in Meppen and Lingen during December.

“However, with the cinema ad we not only want to show that we’ve been producing oil in Emlichheim for 70 years. The cinema ad is also a way of saying thank you for seven decades of good neighbourliness,” explains Andreas Scheck, head of Wintershall Germany.

This year Wintershall held an open day to celebrate the 70th anniversary of production in Emlichheim. More than 2,000 visitors took the opportunity to view the production facilities belonging to the BASF subsidiary, Wintershall. In addition, the company has created a 32-kilometre-long, oil-themed cycle path in the Emlichheim community. It leads past six information points and explains the oil production in Emlichheim.

The County of Bentheim on the German-Dutch border is considered one of the most attractive cycling regions in Germany. The 31-second cinema ad, which will be screened in cinemas in Meppen and Lingen until the end of the year, combines this in an entertaining way with the longstanding oil production in Emlichheim. The cinema commercial can also be seen online on Youtube.

Wintershall has been producing oil in Emlichheim since 1944. The development of innovative production technologies and the use of steam flooding since 1981 has enabled Wintershall to significantly extend the life of the oil field – and maintain the production at a steadily high level of approximately 150,000 tonnes of oil per year. With the steam flooding method, 300-degree hot steam is injected into the reservoir. The viscous crude oil embedded in the rock becomes warm and less viscous, making it easier to recover. Innovative techniques like this are becoming increasingly important for recovering crude oil. They enable the service life of existing, older oil fields to be considerably lengthened.

“We can continue producing oil in Emlichheim beyond 2040,” says Scheck. “With the cinema ad we want to show that the joint success story of Wintershall and Emlichheim is far from over.”

You can see the cinema ad in german language here:

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. The company employs more than 2500 staff worldwide from 40 nations and is now Germany’s largest crude oil and natural gas producer. 

Wintershall Deutschland, which is based in Barnstorf in Lower Saxony, forms the centre of Wintershall’s exploration and production activities. This is where decisive know-how is developed on drilling and recovery technologies – including for international deployment. The company has been producing crude oil in Emlichheim for the last 70 years and employs around 100 members of staff at the site. 

Wintershall. Shaping the future.

Contact: Mark Krümpel