Thursday, July 18, 2019

Wintershall News

US Considering Sanctions Over Nord Stream 2

Pipelaying operations underway (© Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt)

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he was considering sanctions over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project -- which the United States has told European companies to avoid -- and warned Germany against being dependent on Russia for the fuel."We're protecting Germany from Russia and Russia is getting billions and billions of dollars from Germany," Trump told reporters at an appearance with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House.Nord Stream 2…

Wintershall Dea Seeks European IPO in 2020

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Newly created oil and gas group Wintershall DEA plans to hold an initial public offering in the second half of the next year, its chief executive told Reuters, in a deal that could become one of the largest European listings in 2020.Sources said in April that Wintershall DEA had picked the banks to arrange its stock market flotation.Mario Mehren, the CEO of the company, confirmed the plans."We are preparing ourselves for the potential IPO of the company, we want to be IPO-ready by the mid of next year and then

Strike Would Cut Norway's Output 11%/Day

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Norway's oil and gas output could be cut by about 440,000 barrels of oil equivalents per day, or about 11% of total production, if workers go on strike from June 4, industry association Norwegian Oil and Gas (NOG) said on Monday.A government-appointed mediator is leading negotiations between oil companies and employees represented by the Lederne union in a bid to avert a strike.Altogether nine fields would have to shut in the event of industrial action…

Argentina Grants Offshore Exploration Permits

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Argentina awarded permits to begin hydrocarbon exploration in 18 areas off the coast of the country in the Malvinas West basin to companies including Exxon Mobil Corp, Total SA, YPF SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the government said on Friday.The winning companies offered bids totaling $724 million, the government said, to explore the areas that are located in the South Atlantic, some near the Malvinas Islands under the control of the British government…

Nord Stream 2 Launch Facing Delays

© Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt

Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project to Germany may launch in 2020, rather than the end of 2019, due to delays in obtaining permits from Denmark, Interfax news agency on Friday quoted Nord Stream 2 AG as saying.The Russian-led company has two pending route applications with Danish authorities, the first of which was submitted more than two years ago, but it was asked in March to assess a third route option…

Wintershall, DEA Complete Merger

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The merger between oil and gas firms Wintershall Holding GmbH and Deutsche Erdoel AG (DEA) has been completed, creating the largest independent exploration and production company in Europe.Wintershall DEA will be headquartered in Hamburg, with activities across Europe, Latin America, North Africa and the Middle East. Regulatory approvals have been granted by nine countries including Germany, Norway, the UK and…

EU: New Rules Apply to Nord Stream 2

© Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt

The European Union executive on Thursday said its stance on Nord Stream 2 is law and will not change, despite receiving letter from the gas pipeline threatening legal action if it is not exempt from new energy rules.The bloc amended its energy rules to ensure they would apply to the 11 billion euro ($12 billion) project to build a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany that has come under fire from the United States and several EU nations, who fear it will increase reliance on Russia.The changes cast doubt over t

Wintershall Wins Argentina Offshore Bid

Photo: Wintershall  © Total/Florian von der Fecht

Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer Wintershall won the bidding process for two blocks in the promising Malvinas Basin off the coast of Tierra del Fuego as part of the “Costa Afuera” licensing round.In addition to the CMA-1 exploitation concession, with this award, the company will participate in further offshore exploration projects in Argentina. The exploration licenses are located approximately…

Aasta Hansteen Field Shut after Gas Leak

(Photo: Roar Lindefjeld and Bo B. Randulff / Equinor)

Production at Equinor's Aasta Hansteen gas field remained shut on Tuesday after a gas leak the previous day."We are focusing on finding the cause of the leakage and prepare for repairing. We are still working on that," Equinor spokesman Morten Eek said.The Equinor-operated field in the Norwegian Sea has capacity of up to 23.2 million cubic metres of gas per day.Equinor's partners in the field are OMV, Wintershall and ConocoPhillips.(Reporting by Lefteris Karagiannopoulos Editing by David Goodman)

Nord Stream 2 Expecting Denmark Approval

© Nord Stream 2 / Axel Schmidt

The Russian-led Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline company expects to receive approval from Danish authorities for a 180-km stretch of the pipeline under the Baltic Sea in time to finish the pipeline by the end of 2019 as planned, a spokesman said on Monday.Nord Stream 2 spokesman Jens Mueller said there was "good reason" to believe Danish authorities would process a second proposal submitted by the project in August 2018 within eight to 12 months…

LNG Only Fills Niches in Europe

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Although LNG (Liquid Natural Gas) provides a solid supplement to European gas supplies, the EU is and will remain a pipeline market – for good reasons, said Wintershall's new position paper.The report from Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer on the importance of liquid gas for Europe said that the liquefaction is highly energy-intensive – the energy consumption corresponds to about 13% of the gas transported.With an energy loss of less than five percent…

Wintershall Appoints Helge Beuthan to Head ME

Helge Beuthan. Image: © Wintershall/Heiko Meyer

Germany's largest crude oil and natural gas producer Wintershall Holding has appointed Helge Beuthan as new general manager of its Middle East division in Abu Dhabi.Beuthan, the current vice president for global subsurface evaluation, would take over the duties of Uwe Salge in Abu Dhabi on February 1, said a press release from the wholly owned subsidiary of BASF.The previous General Manager will return to Wintershall in Kassel…

Neptune Energy, DEA Bid for Edison's O&G Assets

Private-equity backed Neptune Energy and Germany's DEA are bidding for the oil and gas assets in Egypt, Italy and elsewhere being sold by EDF's Italian unit Edison, industry sources said on Friday.The offers are non-binding at this stage, one of the sources said.

Norway Awards Record Number of Exploration Blocks

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Norway awarded a record 83 blocks to explore for petroleum resources in mature areas of the Norwegian continental shelf, in a sign of continuing interest from oil companies in the country's oil sector, the energy ministry said on Tuesday.A lack of large discoveries on the shelf has prompted concerns that Norway's top industry, which employs about 170,000 people directly and indirectly, could fall into decline.The…

Norway 2019 Oil Output Forecast Cut to 30-year Low

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Norway's oil output in 2019 will be smaller than previously forecast and its lowest level in three decades, although it should rebound in the following years, the country's oil industry regulator said on Thursday.Investment in Western Europe's largest oil producer and Europe's second-largest gas producer, behind Russia, is surging after a decline due to the slump in oil prices in 2014 to 2016.Despite that, oil output in 2018 of 86.2 million cubic meters (mcm)…

Wintershall Gains 10% Stake in Ghasha Gas Project

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The United Arab Emirates has awarded Wintershall Holding a 10 percent stake in the Ghasha ultra-sour gas mega project, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. (ADNOC) said on Monday.The deal builds on ADNOC's new integrated gas strategy aimed at unlocking value from Abu Dhabi's gas reserves as the country moves towards gas self-sufficiency, it said in a tweet.(Reporting by Maher Chmaytelli Writing by Maha El Dahan Editing by Louise Heavens)

​Most of Nord Stream 2 Project to be Paid for by 2019 - OMV CEO

Rainer Seele  (Photo: OMV)

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project connecting Russia to Germany will be 70 percent paid for by next year, the chief executive of Austrian oil and gas company OMV said on Friday.The project partners will likely make another cash transfer by the end of 2018, OMV CEO Rainer Seele told Reuters in an interview."We will move into 2019 with more or less 70 percent of the project financed already," Seele said, adding that OMV has so far invested 531 million euros in the project.Nord Stream 2 AG, which will double

US warns sanctions still an option against Nord Stream 2

Pipelay of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline has started in Finland (Photo: Allseas)

The United States could yet impose new sanctions to try to block construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea to the European Union, the U.S. ambassador to the EU said on Tuesday.Asked if Donald Trump could take further measures to thwart a project which the president has said would leave EU countries even more beholden to Moscow for their energy, Gordon Sondland said: "We have…

OMV Optimistic Denmark Will Approve Nord Stream 2 Next Year

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Austrian energy group OMV , one of the companies that is financing the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, is optimistic Denmark will approve the project next year and the new gas transport route will start operations late 2019, its chief executive said.The pipeline, which will double the gas Russia can pump under the Baltic Sea to Germany, bypassing traditional routes via Ukraine, has been strongly opposed by Poland and the United States.

Norway's Aasta Hansteen Field to Start Producing Gas

Photo: Roar Lindefjeld and Bo B. Randulff/Equinor

Norway's Aasta Hansteen gas field will start production from Nov.