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2024

No significant news in 2024.

2023

May 2023: Neptune (100%) announced gas production from its Adorf Z17 Carboniferous well in Georgsdorf increasing production by 1,800 bblsoe to 6,300 bblsoe per day. Discovered in 2020 the first well, Adorf Z15, was brought onstream in October 2020. Adorf Z16 increased production to 4,500 bblsoe in 2022. Adorf Z18 was drilled in April 2023 and is due onstream in Q3.

Jan 2023: Neptune Energy (100%) announced drilling at the Adorf Z18 gas well in Georgsdorf, NW Germany. The Adorf Carboniferous gas field was discovered in 2020 and the first well (Z15) was brought into production in October 2020. A 2nd and 3rd well (Z16 and Z17) will increase production in 2022 and 2023.

Jan 2023: Neptune Energy (operator) announced first oil from its Romerberg 6 well in the Rhine Valley. Initial production tests had flow rates of up to 1,800 bbls of oil per day. It is the 9th well on the field. Römerberg was discovered in 2003 and began producing in 2007.

2022

Feb 2022: Germany plans to use Gasunie build, by 2024, two LNG terminals in Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven in an effort to reduce its dependence on Russian gas. None are currently located in the country. It will also increase the amount of gas in storage to 2 bcm.

Feb 2022: Germany has halted certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in response to Russia’s recognition of two separatist-held regions in eastern Ukraine. The US$11bn Nord Stream 2 construction, with its two 48-inch lines, 1,200 kms long from SW of St. Petersburg to the German coast at Greifswald, was completed in Sept 2021. It will have capacity to transport 55bcm of gas a year to the EU.

Jan 2022: Neptune Energy (operator, 100%) announced first gas at its Adorf Z16 development well in Hoogstede in the Northwest. This second well is expected to increase production from the licence to around 0.235 bcm of gas per year. The Adorf Carboniferous gas field was discovered in 2020, Adorf Z15 came onstream in that year, and a third well is scheduled for 2Q 2022.

2021

Apr 2021: Neptune Energy (100%) announced that drilling has begun at its Adorf Z16 gas development well in Hoogstede. The Adorf Carboniferous gas field was discovered in 2020 and the first well, Adorf Z15, was brought into production in October that year. Completed by August, Adorf Z16 will double output from the Carboniferous.

2020

Nov 2020: Neptune Energy (operator, 67%) and Wintershall (33%) announced first gas from the Adorf Carboniferous development in the municipality of Emlichheim. This follows drilling of the Adorf Z15 appraisal well.

Apr 2020: Neptune Energy announced 2 discoveries in the northwest of the country. The Adorf Z15 appraisal well in Emlichheim flowed gas from the Carboniferous. A processing plant will be constructed to start towards the end of 2020. The Ringe 6 well, to develop an extension of the existing reservoir, was found to be oil bearing in the Bentheim Sandstone.

2019

Jul 2019: Tulip Oil holds 90% of Rhein Petroleum, operator (100%) of the onshore Graben-Neudorf licence in the south of the country. Rhein has drilled and is testing the Steig-1 well, reported as a significant oil discovery. The size is being evaluated and planning for development has commenced.

2018

May 2018: A plan to build a first LNG import terminal by Gasunie, Vopak and Oiltanking in Brunsbuettel has attract interest from the market. Next steps include discussions with customers with a view to signing head of agreements. The permit approval process has been started by Tractabel and an FID is due at the end of 2019 with operation by the end of 2022.

2017

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.

2016

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.

2015

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.

2014

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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