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Title: West Germany's first North Sea production due

Abstract

Deutsche Texaco A.G. will be the first operator on behalf of itself and Wintershall A.G. to produce oil from the German sector of the North Sea, with its first oil due end of 1986 from the Mittelplate pilot project. Texaco also was the first to produce oil from the Baltic Sea when Schwedeneck-See field, near Kiel Bay, went on production last year. The pilot project at Mittelplate will yield more data on the reservoirs confirmed by four wells drilled in 1980-1981, and will be carried out in spite of adverse operating conditions. Problems facing Texaco engineers in their project design include: A mud-flat location dry at low tide but submerged at high tide. Efforts to convince environmental groups that no permanent harm would result from company activities. Shipment of low-gravity crude containing asphaltenes. Logistics of transporting equipment and supplies on a schedule dictated by tides.

Authors:
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
5376645
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Pet. Eng. Int.; (United States); Journal Volume: 58:5
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; 42 ENGINEERING; NORTH SEA; OFFSHORE PLATFORMS; CONSTRUCTION; PLANNING; ASPHALTENES; BALTIC SEA; DATA ACQUISITION; DEMONSTRATION PROGRAMS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY; MARITIME TRANSPORT; OIL WELLS; PETROLEUM; PRODUCTION; SCHEDULES; TIDE; ASPHALTS; ATLANTIC OCEAN; BITUMENS; ENERGY SOURCES; EUROPE; FOSSIL FUELS; FUELS; ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; OTHER ORGANIC COMPOUNDS; SEAS; SURFACE WATERS; TAR; TRANSPORT; WELLS; WESTERN EUROPE 020300* -- Petroleum-- Drilling & Production; 420206 -- Engineering-- Mining & Drilling Equipment & Facilities-- (1980-1989); 423000 -- Engineering-- Marine Engineering-- (1980-)

Citation Formats

Bleakley, W.B.. West Germany's first North Sea production due. United States: N. p., 1986. Web.
Bleakley, W.B.. West Germany's first North Sea production due. United States.
Bleakley, W.B.. 1986. "West Germany's first North Sea production due". United States. doi:.
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