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Wintershall in Russia

Russia is one of the world’s most resource-rich countries: Around one-third of all gas reserves known today are found in Russia. The country also has the eighth-largest oil reserves worldwide. Russia is the largest supplier of natural gas to the European Union, while Germany covers around one-third of its fossil energy needs with imports from Russia. Wintershall is currently involved in several joint projects to explore and produce hydrocarbons in Western Siberia and Southern Russia. Together with our Russian partners, we are committed as part of that to stable and long-term cooperation. Constant sharing of experience and know-how has helped develop a cooperation model that has supplied Europe with energy for more than 25 years.


AO Achimgaz, a joint venture of the Gazprom subsidiary, OOO Gazprom dobytcha Urengoi (50%), and the wholly owned BASF subsidiary, Wintershall (50%), produces natural gas and condensate from the challenging Achimov formation in the Urengoy field (Block IA) in Novy Urengoy, Siberia, some 3,500 kilometers northeast of Moscow. To date, Achimgaz has put into operation more than 40 wells and large-scale facilities for processing natural gas and condensate. The current output is around fifteen million cubic meters of natural gas a day. 

You will find further information on our project site on the subject.


Yuzhno Russkoye

The Yuzhno Russkoye field is situated around 3,500 kilometers northeast of Moscow in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region in Western Siberia. It has recoverable gas reserves of more than 600 billion cubic meters. The Russian gas field was officially commissioned by Gazprom and Wintershall at the end of 2007, making Wintershall the first German company to directly produce natural gas in Western Siberia. Through its interest in the joint venture Severneftegazprom, Wintershall has a 35 percent share in the economic rewards of the field. 

2016 200 billion cubic metre
record production
2015 Further test drilling in the
Turon formation and exploration
of sandstone formations in Lower
Cretaceous and Jura strata in the
Yuzhno Russkoye license area
2014 Second test well from the Turon
formation starts production
2011 Test production operations from
the Turon formation begin
2011 International bank consortium provides
project funding

First gas supplies to Germany and
Europe via Nord Stream
2009 Plateau production is reached,
one year sooner than planned.

Natural gas production rate is
25 billion m³/a from more than 140 wells
2007 Production begins
Wintershall becomes shareholder
2004-2006 Construction of infrastructure and plants
to mine the Cenoman formation
1990 Start of the second exploration phase
1969 Discovery of the Yuzhno Russkoye reservoir

Yuzhno Russkoye was discovered back in 1969. The total concession has a size of more than 722 square kilometers. The gas is produced from the Cenomanian formation, which lies at a depth of around one kilometer. The natural gas has a very high degree of purity, with a methane content of 98 percent. More than 140 production wells (including the Turonian trial production well) are currently in operation. Depending on the season, around 70 million cubic meters of natural gas are produced daily. In 2009 Severneftegazprom reached the plateau production of 25 billion cubic meters of gas a year. 

A genuine milestone was the first trial production well of the joint venture Severneftegazprom in December 2011 which is aimed at recovering natural gas from the Turonian formation and was drilled at a depth of 810-840 meters.

Two Turonian wells are currently in trial operation and a total of 200 million cubic meters has already been produced from them. At the same time, perspectives for extensive production from this formation are being developed. That is why further trial wells are constantly being drilled in the Turonian formation and the sandstone formations in the Lower Cretaceous and Jurassic strata are being explored in the license area Yuzhno Russkoye.

Completion of the appraisal phase for the Turonian formation is expected in 2018.


Volgodeminoil was established at the end of 1992 and is the longest-standing joint venture for hydrocarbon production between a Russian and a Western European partner. Wintershall and RITEK, a subsidiary of LUKOIL, one of Russia’s largest oil producers, each hold a 50% stake in the company. Volgodeminoil is Wintershall’s southernmost production point in Russia. It is located near Volgograd, an important Russian transportation hub and industrial center. Lukoil and Wintershall currently operate in three license areas in the Volgograd region, covering around 13,600 square kilometers in total. Intensive exploration work is underway to discover new reservoirs. Volgodeminoil produces oil and gas from eight fields. Around 4.5 million barrels of oil equivalent were produced in 2014. Further fields are being developed or prepared for development.

Infrastructure projects

The Nord Stream Baltic pipeline was built between April 2010 and October 2012 and was put into full operation at the beginning of October 2012. Extending over a length of 1,220 km, it links the gas reserves in Siberia directly with Germany via two parallel pipelines. Both strings together have a transport capacity of up to 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas a year. Wintershall holds a 15.5 percent share in the project. Nord Stream will be connected to the existing European natural gas grid via the connecting pipelines OPAL (Ostsee-Pipeline-Anbindungs-Leitung – Baltic Sea Pipeline Link) and NEL (North European Gas Pipeline).

Whereas the 480-kilometer OPAL runs from Nord Stream’s landing point in Lubmin near Greifswald southward to the Czech Republic, the 440-kilometer route of NEL extends from Mecklenburg-West Pomerania to Lower Saxony. 

In late summer 2015, Gazprom, BASF/Wintershall, E.ON, OMV, Shell and ENGIE signed a declaration of intent to realize the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project to expand the natural gas supply on the European market.

The project will build on the positive experiences of Nord Stream in implementing secure and reliable infrastructure projects.

The project is currently being developed by Nord Stream 2 AG, of which Gazprom is the sole shareholder. Wintershall supports the project and, together with Gazprom and other European partners, is examining the possibilities of participating in the extension of the Nord Stream pipeline and realizing the construction of two further pipelines. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline aims to provide an additional 55 billion cubic meters of transport capacity from 2019.

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