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Wintershall in the United Arab Emirates

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the United Arab Emirates (UAE) owns the seventh-largest crude oil reserves in the world.

As the national oil company, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is responsible for the reserves. With a production volume of more than 3.15 million barrels per day, it ranks among the major producers worldwide. Nevertheless, the challenges of bringing oil and gas to the surface are increasing in the Gulf region, too. For example, the high level of hydrogen sulfide in the natural gas prevented production in some fields. To keep production stable over the long term, however, even these technically complex reservoirs must be exploited.  

One example is the Shuwaihat field, where we are conducting the technical appraisal as the field's operator.

Shuwaihat sour gas & condensate field

In 2012 we took over the technical appraisal of the Shuwaihat sour gas and condensate field together with ADNOC and the Austrian company OMV. The reservoir contains more than 20 percent hydrogen sulfide, which places considerable demands on the exploration and production activities. 

As a technology-driven E&P specialist, we benefit greatly from the experience we have garnered during more than 40 years of sour gas production in Germany, where we have developed 16 fields and produced roughly 30 billion cubic meters of sour gas. Because of the complex geological and environmental conditions in Germany and Europe, Wintershall has always focused on technological expertise.  

For instance, together with BASF we recently developed a new gas-cleaning technology that provides us with an efficient way of removing the hydrogen sulfide from the gas. 

In November 2016, Wintershall started the second self-operated exploration drill for developing the Shuwaihat gas field.


The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is a leading global oil and gas company that is fully owned by the UAE government. ADNOC was founded in 1971 and is active in all areas of the oil and gas industry. 

It currently comprises 19 specialized subsidiaries and joint ventures with extensive operations in the upstream and downstream sectors. The ADNOC Group has a strong focus on the United Arab Emirates. It produces more than 3.15 million barrels per day.

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