Lower Saxony Production District

Lower Saxony is the centre of Germany’s natural gas production. Over 95 per cent of the natural gas produced in Germany is produced in this federal state. DEA has a strong presence here: the company’s production district covers the region between the rivers Elbe and Weser, from the district of Celle in the east and taking in the Heide district and the Rotenburg/Wümme district and stretching all the way to the Verden/Aller district in the west. DEA is actively engaged on site with its Lower Saxony Production District, based in Langwedel-Holtebüttel in the Verden/Aller district.

DEA: One of Germany’s leading producers of natural gas

The natural gas fields of Hemsbünde, Bötersen and Völkersen operated by DEA in the north-western region of Lower Saxony are amongst the top ten of Germany's highest-yielding fields. To date, DEA has produced more than 50 billion cubic metres of natural gas from a depth of around 5,000 metres.

With 38 natural gas production wells currently in operation, DEA is able to produce a peak volume of over seven million cubic metres of natural gas per day. Depending on reservoir characteristics and the time a reservoir has been in production already, the extraction rates of the various wells range between 1,000 and 40,000 cubic metres per hour. For comparison purposes, heating a modern single-family house with four occupants requires an average of around 2,000 cubic metres per annum.

Each year DEA produces and delivers almost two billion cubic metres of natural gas on schedule. Production rates can fluctuate strongly, both seasonally and even from hour to hour, in response to market demand. It is therefore a special challenge for the Production District to plan and ensure production capacities in the long term.

Gas production rate of the Lower Saxony Production District between 1985 to 2014

Safety is top priority

The Lower Saxony Production District operates with a workforce of around 90 employees. They are responsible for the supervision, maintenance and repair of all above-ground facilities and well equipment. Their work requires great diligence and circumspection, as natural gas is both invisible and odourless. Production and storage are carried out in closed and tightly controlled systems, using technologies that meet the highest standards.

Our employees are specifically trained to take note of any noises indicating escaping gas or leakages of fluids while going about their work. The entire network of wells, pipelines and stations is monitored and operated from a central control room 24/7. Workers out in the field maintain contact with the control room via mobile phones at all times, so that they can be on site at a moment’s notice should a fault develop anywhere in the system.

DEA is an important employer in the region

As an employer, tax payer and buyer of goods and services, the Lower Saxony Production District represents an important factor in the region's economy. It offers highly qualified jobs, as well as enlisting service-providing companies on a regular basis. Through the corporate taxes and additional production royalties it delivers to the state of Lower Saxony, DEA makes an important contribution to the state budget and the economic development of regional and municipal communities.

DEA contributes to Germany’s energy supply

DEA plans to continue to develop its natural gas fields in Germany, expand its portfolio of concessions and shareholdings, and step up its exploration activities.

Technician monitoring the gas dehydration plant
The entrance to the Lower Saxony Production District
Aerial view of the Lower Saxony Production District
Workers in front of the T-160 drilling rig