Dedicated to safety Our responsibility for health, safety and the environment
Wintershall has a responsibility which we are especially aware of. Long term economic success is only possible when health protection, safety, and environmental protection are done right. Our goal and priority is to systematically reduce risk to people and nature — in all our activities worldwide. How do we do that? Through high safety standards and modern technologies. And by everyone contributing, because responsibility is a joint effort.
Our CORE HSE strategy Safety at the core of our
We regard safe operations, the health and safety of our employees, and protecting the environment as our license to operate. At the same time, good HSE performance is a critical competitive factor as it demonstrates our reliability as an operator. This means that HSE must be an integrated part of all our activities. To this end we have developed a long-term HSE strategy. It sets the standard for all Wintershall activities.
The strategy is called CORE HSE, based on the Wintershall company values: Creative, Open, Responsible, Entrepreneurial. We prevent harm to people, the environment, our assets and reputation by controlling our barriers and promoting a strong HSE culture. That’s why everyone in the company needs to contribute and commit to CORE HSE– from the management to the individual employee.
Our mission goals
A healthy workplace We care about the well-being of our colleagues
The health and safety of our employees are not negotiable for us. That applies for our own workforce and contractors alike: They should suffer no harm through working for Wintershall, but return to their families safe and sound. Occupational health prevention, health promotion, and ensuring effective medical treatment in the event of an emergency are cornerstones of our corporate health management.
During audits, we regularly check whether health standards and work instructions, relating to preventive and emergency medicine, for instance, are being observed. For Wintershall, sustainable health management means more than just minimizing health risks and taking preventive measures. We want to promote holistic health awareness. To this end, we run global health campaigns on annually changing topics such as back health or nutrition.
Creating awareness Global health campaign
Functioning lungs are vital. With the global health campaign “Lunge Luft Leben” (lungs, air, life), Wintershall wants to make its employees aware of the importance of looking after their lungs. At all locations, we are providing information on asthma and allergies, respiratory protection, smoking and lung diseases, as well as exercise and lung performance. Our employees can visit their company doctor for a lung function test and to get advice.
Safe working Safety first
No matter where, no matter what, we always ensure that safety comes first. Our aim is to create the right conditions for a safe working environment. The safety design of our assets is designed to protect employees, contractors, and neighbors. We continuously work toward improving our occupational safety.
Corporate HSE Manager
Operational excellence is a key objective in our company strategy. This goes hand in hand with good HSE performance. I think Wintershall can only be successful in the long run, if we integrate HSE in everything we do. Every day. In this respect, leadership engagement and credibility are vital.”
No chance of major accidents
Every accident is one too many, which is why we want to prevent accidents of any kind. We are making great efforts to avoid major accidents, in other words, accidents that endanger human life or severely affect the environment. Preventing such accidents is at the heart of our responsibility. We apply strong technical, operational, and organizational safety barriers to ensure that accidents have no chance of occurring.
Safe facilities – from the outset
We make no compromises when it comes to our technical equipment. This applies to design and materials and, above all, operation. The technology we use for exploration and production must meet high safety standards – otherwise we don’t use it.
Whether onshore or offshore, Wintershall applies the same demanding safety standards worldwide. We invest regularly to optimally equip new facilities and modernize older facilities.
Even when doing everything possible to prevent accidents and mishaps, if something does still happen, we want to be as best prepared as possible. Wintershall has therefore implemented interdisciplinary crisis management with clear procedures and responsibilities. Emergency plans and regular safety drills ensure the right response in the event of an emergency. Precautions relate, for example, to firefighting. But there are also tailor-made concepts for other emergency situations such as the uncontrolled release of hydrocarbons.
Managing Director of Wintershall Noordzee
"Safety is and will always be our number one priority. Emergency exercises provide the opportunity for us to clearly demonstrate that, only through continuous regular practice and strong collaboration between the relevant entities and emergency services, an incident can be dealt effectively. The lessons learned from such exercises are an invaluable means of improving our preparedness for and response to a major incident."
Sites and information well protected
We have to equip ourselves to deal with potential hazards – to protect employees, contractors, and our operations. We pay attention to the security of our sites, data, and know-how. Globally consistent security concepts provide the prerequisites for this. We also train our employees on how to handle information securely.
We provide employees on business trips and staff on site with information on suitable protective measures and, if necessary, give them individual support.
Committed to the environment Minimizing impact on people
Using natural resources responsibly and minimizing environmental impact is a matter of course for us. Our environmental objectives in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons are therefore as follows: the most efficient use of limited energy resources, the least possible impact on nature, and the lowest possible emissions. We want to achieve this by applying high standards and using technical innovations. Environmental and climate protection are in our own economic interest and we see the careful handling of resources and the environment as an important success factor. Wintershall has therefore subscribed to the World Bank's initiative “Zero Routine Flaring by 2030”. Its goal is to end the flaring of associated gas during routine operations by 2030 at the latest. We already achieved this in 2012.
We need energy at our sites and for our activities – for a variety of purposes. We strive to use energy as efficiently as possible, thus reducing energy costs, while at the same time protecting the environment. As part of the comprehensive energy management, we constantly analyze, check, and improve our performance with regard to energy efficiency. For example, we have committed to having our energy management system certified to the international ISO 50001 standard at all relevant sites by 2020. The German and Norwegian Wintershall locations are already certified.
Energy efficiency projects
With the new office in Stavanger, Norway, the energy consumption at the site could be reduced by 37 percent. The new building was constructed according to the international BREEAM-NOR Excellent standard for sustainable buildings. Heating of the office building and surrounding industrial park is provided by heat from a waste incineration plant. Seawater from the Gandsfjord is used for cooling.
The technically overhauled tank facility at Barnstorf in the north of Germany is not only very safe, but also particularly energy-efficient. The oil tanks have been equipped with a walk-in annular space. The advantage is that 95 percent less energy is needed to heat the oil tanks than before, since the air in the annular space acts as heat insulation.
650,000m3 of natural gas
saved per year
The energy contained in production waste gases often goes unused. With technologies such as the Overhead Vapor Combustor (OVC), it is used locally instead. On our offshore gas platforms F16-A, L8-P4, and P6-A in the Netherlands, the OVC uses production waste gases to heat evaporators. As a result, each OVC saves on average 650,000 m3 of natural gas.
668,340KWh less energy required
Refurbishment of Wintershall headquarters in Kassel: replacement of windows and facade tiles, better wall insulation, and a new ventilation system. The renovation measures, carried out in 2016, will not only improve indoor air quality but also give annual energy savings of 668,340 kilowatt hours. CO2 emissions will be reduced by 134,336 kilograms.