Russia Our history in Russia
For more than 30 years, Wintershall Dea has been active in Russia to produce energy for European energy supply.
Wintershall Dea has been active in Russia for more than three decades. Wintershall Dea remains involved in the existing Yuzhno-Russkoye and Achimov natural gas production projects in Siberia. The projects produce natural gas for European energy supply.
Agreement on cooperation between Wintershall and Gazprom
In 1990, BASF and Wintershall sign a long-term agreement with the world's largest producer of natural gas, Gazprom, for the marketing of Russian natural gas in Germany and other European countries. In Berlin, Wintershall Erdgas Handelshaus GmbH is founded as a joint venture between Wintershall and Gazprom.
Foundation of Wolgodeminoil
In 1992, the Wolgodeminoil joint venture was founded. It was the first Western European-Russian joint venture in the oil and gas industry. Until 2021 Wintershall Dea and RITEK, a subsidiary of LUKOIL, each held a 50 per cent stake in the joint venture. As part of its company’s strategy that envisages a focus on cost-optimised gas and gas condensate production in Russia, Wintershall Dea transferred its stake to RITEK, which continued to operate Wolgodeminoil single-handedly.
Foundation of WINGAS
Wintershall and Gazprom establish the WINGAS joint venture, which begins building its own infrastructure across Germany and ensures more competition on the German natural gas trading market. The STEGAL (Sachsen-Thüringen-Erdgas-Anbindungsleitung) and MIDAL (Mitte-Deutschland-Anbindungs-Leitung) gas pipelines are completed. Western Europe's largest natural gas storage facility in Rehden goes into operation.
Pioneering work in the Urengoyskoye Field
Wintershall and Gazprom establish the Achimgaz joint venture to develop the Achimov formations in Area 1A of the Urengoyskoye field. In 2019, Achimgaz commissioned the last of 108 production wells, enabling an annual plateau production of ten billion cubic metres of natural gas.
Pioneering work in the Yuzhno-Russkoye Field
Wintershall and Gazprom start the production of natural gas from the Yuzhno-Russkoye field 3,500 kilometres northeast of Moscow. The Severneftegazprom joint venture reached a plateau production of 25 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year in 2009.
Nord Stream gas pipeline goes into operation
The first gas flows through Nord Stream, Europe's largest energy infrastructure project, with Gazprom, Wintershall, PEG Infrastruktur, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie and ENGIE as shareholders. The 1224-km-long natural gas pipeline connects the Siberian gas reserves directly with Germany and has a transport capacity of approx. 55 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year.
Wintershall expands its stake
Wintershall grows at the source and acquires shares in Area 4A/5A of the Urengoyskoye field in Western Siberia. At the same time, the former joint gas trading and storage business in Germany is fully transferred to Gazprom. Also in 2015, it is agreed to extend the Nord Stream pipeline with two additional strings. This will increase the total capacity of the two transport pipelines in future to 110 billion cubic metres of natural gas.
Opening up new horizons
Achim Development, the latest joint venture between Wintershall Dea and Gazprom, produces first gas and condensate from the Achimov formations in Area 4A of the Urengoyskoye field. When fully onstream, the project will significantly boost Wintershall Dea’s production in Russia.
The Management Board has decided not to pursue any additional gas and oil production projects in the country and to stop all planning for new projects.