Wintershall in the United Kingdom
Wintershall holds interests in six licenses in the British North Sea.
They include operatorship of the Wingate platform, which began its work in 2011.
Natural gas production with Wingate
Wingate is the first self-operated gas production platform of Wintershall Noordzee B.V. in the British North Sea (stake: 49.5%). It currently produces around 2.5 million cubic meters of natural gas per day – enough to supply over 400,000 households with gas – from a depth of 3,700 meters.
Wingate is about 1,200 m² in size and stands on a 45-metre-high and 850-tonne structure, the so-called jacket, which is fixed to the seabed. The platform measures 70 meters from the bottom up to the top.
Wingate has a completely self-sufficient power supply: using the natural gas directly recovered from the field, a mini turbine power plant generates electricity for the platform. The extracted natural gas is transported by pipeline to the GDF SUEZ platform 20 kilometers away.
From there it flows over a distance of around 300 kilometers to the Dutch mainland. Rijswijk, near The Hague, is also home to Wintershall's company-wide competence center for offshore technology. For around 50 years, Wintershall has also been developing its expertise in shallow water there.
Focus on exploration and production
In December 2013, Wintershall optimised its portfolio and sold selected assets on the UK Continental Shelf to the Hungarian MOL Group. This enables the company to concentrate on its core competences in the exploration, development and production of own-operated fields.
The transaction includes 14 assets in the North Sea, including non-self-operated interests in the Broom production field (29%) as well as in the Catcher (20%), Cladhan (33.5%) and Scolty/Crathes (50%) discoveries. Wintershall’s shares in the infrastructure for the Sullom Voe Terminal and the Brent pipeline system also form part of the agreement. The transaction was completed in March 2014 with retroactive economic effect to 1 January 2013.
The southern North Sea is one of Wintershall’s traditional core regions for producing natural gas and crude oil. Through Wintershall Noordzee B. V., the company has already been active in the region since 1965.