Wintershall in Abu Dhabi: ADIPEC 2016

· Wintershall-stand at the largest oil and gas conference in the Middle East region (Hall 6, Stand 6256)
· Start of first offshore well in Abu Dhabi for Shuwaihat project

From 7 to 10 November 2016, Germany’s largest internationally active oil and gas producer will be showcasing its activities and technological expertise at the “Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference” (ADIPEC). Right on time for the annual meeting, Wintershall spuds its first offshore well for the Shuwaihat project in Abu Dhabi.

In July 2015, Wintershall successfully completed the first onshore drilling of the sour gas and condensate field Shuwaihat together with its partner ADNOC and the Austrian OMV. After compiling and analyzing the data from the onshore field SH-5, Wintershall now spudded the first offshore well SH-6. “We successfully completed the first project phase and are now ready to carry on with the planned activities, spudding the offshore well SH-6. Our technological expertise helps us to carry out drilling activities in challenging geological conditions applying highest HSE standards”, explains Uwe Salge, General Manager for Wintershall Middle East.

2nd well for Shuwaihat project: Focus on HSE and efficiency

In order to establish a supply base, Wintershall opted for an individual solution rather than for the common trail and developed the local “Mugharraq” port for its operations. This way, Wintershall is saving time and budget by building its first E&P supply base. Mugharraq Port is well located for supplying offshore operations in the whole Western Region. By building the first E&P supply base Wintershall is contributing important infrastructure and thus giving an economic impulse to the region.

For the offshore well SH-6, Wintershall also implemented an extensive safety concept. Throughout the Health, Safety and Environmental Impact Assessment (HSEIA) process, potential hazards and impacts were identified and mitigationmeasures including emergency plans, training sessions, equipment specifications, monitoring requirements, etc. were defined. Since operations take place in an environmentally sensitive area, Wintershall together with ADNOC has set up an extended oil spill response system, including a certified spill response capable vessel.

The Shuwaihat field is situated in the western region of Abu Dhabi, about 25 kilometers west of the industrial town of Ruwais. The reservoir evaluation includes up to three field appraisal wells and a 3D seismic survey. The third planned well (SH 7) will also be drilled offshore.

Wintershall’s presence at ADIPEC underlines the strategic importance of the Middle East. The company has been active in the region for several years now and plans to do so in the future. For this purpose, in 2010 the company opened a regional representative office in Abu Dhabi. In June 2012, Wintershall signed an agreement with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and the Austrian OMV regarding the technical appraisal of the Shuwaihat sour gas and condensate field. As the operator, Wintershall is relying on its high HSE standards and more than 40 years of experience in the safe development and production from sour gas fields.

In 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with ADNOC for cooperation in chemical EOR, underlining the importance of Research & Development and technological expertise.

Experts presenting at ADIPEC

Under this year’s motto “Strategy for the new energy landscape”, Wintershall CEO Mario Mehren will participate in the„Global Business Leaders panel“, discussing “The Golden Age of Gas and LNG with Gazprom’s Alexander Medvedev and Occidental Petroleum’s Vicky A. Hollub.

Wintershall will also be displaying its expertise and worldwide activities at the exhibition stand (Hall 6, Stand 6256). The company will offer „expert briefings“, where Wintershall employees will present different aspects of their work. These presentations will take place up to three times a day in order to give a larger public at ADIPEC the opportunity to listen to the presentations. In addition, Wintershall submitted several papers and will present its findings during the official technical conference organized by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).