Wintershall in the Netherlands
In the Dutch sector of the North Sea, Wintershall operates more than 20 offshore platforms and is one of the largest natural gas producers in the region. It currently produces around 18.500 boe (barrels of oil equivalent) per day there. The southern North Sea is one of Wintershall's traditional core regions for producing natural gas and crude oil. The company has been active in the region since 1965.
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Wintershall's largest natural gas production platform in the Dutch seas is the F16-A. It can process up to 6 million cubic meters of natural gas per day, enough capacity to absorb the volumes from the neighboring field E18-A.
Some of the latest developments from 2014 include nine wells in the Dutch sector of the North Sea, six of which it serves as principle operator. In 2015, Wintershall launched a new gas production facility, the small L6-B platform, in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. The field, located in a restricted military area, was made possible by a unique minimalist platform design.
Brighter future for crude oil production
It is projected that natural gas production in the Netherlands will be increasingly supplemented by a crude oil component in the future. A core element of this is the discovery of F17a off the Dutch coast some 120 km north of Den Helder, which has now been named after the Dutch painter "Rembrandt". With 30 million barrels of oil equivalent, the Rembrandt reservoir is one of the largest oil discoveries in the southern North Sea; as principle operator, Wintershall has a 30 percent share. The discovery and its possible upside potential is presently undergoing further analysis with the help of exploration wells. At the same time, Wintershall is setting the course for its development and has submitted an application for a production license to the Dutch authorities.
Ecology & economy in harmony
The E18-A production platform, as one of several Wintershall projects in the Dutch sector of the North Sea, illustrates how environmental protection and cost-effectiveness are an integral part of gas production. A majority of the facility consists of the decommissioned gas production platform P14-A, which was taken down and dismantled from its position in the Dutch North Sea and, after a full-scale conversion, resumed its work at Block E18-A in 2009. Unlike in a new construction, a majority of the material could be re-used during the renovation which saved both time and money.
Center for Remote Controlled Operations
In Den Helder, Netherlands, Wintershall Noordzee operates a modern center for the remote monitoring of offshore platforms – the Center for Remote Controlled Operations (RCO). Two staff members at the center monitor some 20 platforms around the clock: these include platforms in the Dutch North Sea along with one in the German North Sea and the Wingate platform in the British North Sea.
The F16-A production platform in the Dutch sector of the North Sea
The F16-A, the largest Wintershall production platform in the Dutch North Sea, began production at the beginning of 2005. The gas platform is 27 meters high with seven stories and weighs 3,600 tons. The gas produced is air-cooled and dried using facilities on board the platform. It is then piped to Oude-Statenzijl in the Groningen region, where it is fed into the Dutch GasTerra network. The F16 is a manned platform and is fully self-sufficient: Its crew of six, plus a chef and a steward, produces its own drinking water with a desalination plant. A mini power station generates electricity using natural gas from the field.