Innovation

  • Focus on risk reduction in exploration activities, increasing recovery factor from reservoirs and developing technologies for reservoirs with challenging conditions
  • Innovative technologies enable profitable production of natural gas even with high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide

No more flaring

Wintershall uses waste gas to produce electricity, heat and steam

Value for BASF

Around
 
 

530

million m3

of associated gas

put to efficient use each year

Value for the environment

Prevention of more than

2

million tons

of carbon emissions from oil production every year

Value for BASF

For a long time, the associated gases released during crude oil production were burned off, unused. By investing in innovative technology, we were able to cease this “flaring” at all our production sites. The associated gas is instead utilized for the generation of electricity, heat and steam. We save costs, thanks to lower expenses for emissions certificates and less energy purchasing.


Value for the environment

The flaring of associated gas not only destroys valuable energy resources, it also creates large quantities of greenhouse gases. By using the associated gas efficiently, we prevent around two million metric tons of carbon emissions from oil production per year.

Our research and development activities focus on reducing risks in exploration activities and developing technologies for reservoirs with challenging development and production conditions, as well as increasing the recovery factor from reservoirs.

High concentrations of hydrogen sulfide in natural gas have often hindered profitable production in the Middle East. For the first time, we are now able to contribute our decades of experience in sour gas production in Germany to this region as we conduct a technical assessment of the Shuweihat sour gas and condensate field in Abu Dhabi together with partners. This is made possible by our innovative and efficient technologies for separating natural gas from acidic components such as hydrogen sulfide or carbon dioxide.