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Sep 2017: Hansa (operator, 40%) drilled the Ruby well in the Netherlands encountering a gas accumulation that extends into Germany. It is the first well drilled in an area 20 kms off the coast since the early 1990s. Dutch licences are estimated to contain 60 bcm of gas in the basal Rotliegend sands overlapping with the Geldsackplate license in Germany also operated by Hansa.


Jun  2016: Germany will ban fracking for shale gas indefinitely but test drilling will be allowed with the permission of the state government. German industry wishes to keep the door open to fracking but a powerful green lobby is against it. Germany will follow France although the UK allows it subject to environmental and safety guidelines. The decision will be revisited in 2021.


Jan  2015: Wintershall pointed out that gas production fell by 6% in 2014. Discussions on shale gas has prevented projects from being approved that use fracturing even for conventional gas production. More than a third of conventional gas produced in Germany (mostly in Lower Saxony) has been recovered  with hydraulic fracturing.  

Jan 2015: Wintershall plans to invest 20mm euros in its Barnstorf site in Lower Saxony including building a new oil pipeline in the Duste field. Barnstorf is the central hub of Wintershall’s domestic production and it has been producing in the Duste and Bockstedt oil fields since 1954.


Sept 2014: Wintershall and Rhein Petroleum have completed 2 wells in Allgäu (Lauben and Bedernau) to assess whether to revive oil production in the region. They lie along a chain in the foothills of the Alps in Bavaria. Bedernau is located in the Arlesried field where production was discontinued the mid-1990s. Production in Lauben ceased in the 1980s.

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