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May 26, 2015 11:14 AM ET

Oil, Gas and Consumable Fuels

Company Overview of Wintershall AG

Company Overview

Wintershall AG engages in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil and natural gas. It also involves in the trading of natural gas in Europe. The company markets crude oil and natural gas storage capacity, natural gas transport capacity, and fiber optic capacity. The company was formerly known as Bohrgesellschaft Wintershall and changed its name to Wintershall AG in January, 1929. The company was founded in 1894 and is based in Kassel, Germany. It operates in Europe, North Africa, South America, and Russia. Wintershall AG operates as a subsidiary of Wintershall Holding GmbH.

Friedrich-Ebert-Strasse 160

Kassel,  34119


Founded in 1894


49 561 301 0


49 561 301 1702

Key Executives for Wintershall AG

Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Natural Gas Trading
Age: 54
Chief of Finance and Member of the Board of Executive Directors
Age: 57
Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of Wingas
Age: 48
Chief Executive Officer of Vng
Age: 60
Chief Executive Officer of Plant Science Business and President of Plant Science Business
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Wintershall AG Key Developments

Wintershall Ceases its Activities in Qatar

Wintershall announced that it is ceasing its activities in Qatar and is returning Block 4 North near the North Field off the Qatari coast on May 25, 2015. The office of Wintershall in Doha will be closed. The current focus of Wintershall is on the UAE where it is involved in the exploration of Shuwaihat sour gas and condensate field in the western region of Abu Dhabi.

Wintershall Launches First Own-Operated Exploration Well

Wintershall has launched a first exploration well in the central Argentinean province Neuqun in the own-operated Aguada Federal block. The vertical exploration well aims to provide important information about the characteristics of the crude oil and natural gas reservoir, which includes promising shale rock of the so-called "Vaca Muerta" formation. The launch of a second exploration well is also planned for 2015. Depending on the results of both vertical exploration wells, Wintershall aims to sink up to six horizontal wells subsequently to prove and optimize the planned development concept.

Wintershall Announces Personnel Changes

Wintershall's strategy is to expand exploration and production of oil and gas. To reflect this strategic orientation more strongly, the following organizational changes will be made effective September 1, 2014: Mario Mehren, who has been in charge of Wintershall's Russian business, will also assume responsibility for the core regions of South America and North Africa. Martin Bachmann will manage core business in Europe, with the production regions Germany, the Netherlands and Norway. Bachmann will also build operations in the development region of the Middle East. Chief Financial Officer Ties Tiessen will take over responsibility for natural gas transport and transit pipelines, including the Nord Stream, South Stream and OPAL/NEL projects. Rainer Seele will remain Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors. There will also be changes at the top of some operating companies (OPCOs) of Wintershall effective September 1, 2014: Andreas Scheck, up to now Head of the Operations department in Germany, will take charge of Wintershall Deutschland in Barnstorf. Joachim Pannel will take over management of a new division at headquarters in Kassel. Robert Frimpong, previously Vice President Technology, will assume responsibility for the Business Unit Netherlands in Rijswijk. His predecessor Gilbert van den Brink stays Managing Director of Wintershall Nederland B.V. Thilo Wieland, up to now Vice President Strategy and Portfolio Management, will become General Manager of Wintershall Libya. He succeeds Uwe Salge, who will move to Abu Dhabi as Head of Wintershall Middle East. Klaus Langemann, to date General Manager in Middle East, will take charge of a new unit at headquarters in Kassel.

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