The oil company Wintershall, one of the industry partners of The National IOR Centre of Norway, is owned by BASF, one of the largest chemical producers in the world.
A delegation from The National IOR Centre of Norway visited both Wintershall and BASF to learn more especially about their work on Schizophyllan, but also to share knowledge from some of the research projects at The Centre.
Discussed future innovations
During the stay at Wintershall and BASF the researchers got to visit the BASF compound with EOR laboratories and production facilities. An important part of the visit was to hear more about the EOR projects, like low salinity program and surfactant portfolio, and to learn more about the progress in application of synthetic polymers.
«Most of all we are delighted to meet up with our colleagues in Germany and discuss future innovations to implement cost efficient and environmentally friendly technologies for improving oil recovery,» centre director Merete Vadla Madland said after the trip to Germany.
«Developing innovative technologies and better solutions for the industry will not be possible solely by sitting in our offices in different parts of the world. We need to get out of our home environment, we need to meet our partners in person and have those important one-to-one talks over the dinner table,» Madland claims.
The visit summed up
Randi Valestrand, director of research at The National IOR Centre of Norway, sums up the visit this way:
Day one of the visit took place at Wintershall’s offices in Barnstorf, about one hour from Bremen. We had an effective and educational day including talks from both Wintershall and the IOR centre, and a field trip to the Blockstedt field where they have built an impressive infrastructure to test the Schizophyllian polymer.
Day two, we headed off to Ludwigshafen to visit BASF. We started the day with presentations from both BASF and the IOR centre before we had a laboratory tour and visited the Schizophyllan plant. It was very interesting to see the big scale of the polymer production, polymer prepared to be injected at the Blockstedt field we visited the day before. And, of course, we were amazed by the enormous BASF infrastructure in Ludwigshafen.
Day two ended with a fantastic dinner at BASFs’ own restaurant, Gesellschaftshaus. The restaurant has its own wine cellar, and trades about 850.000 bottles of wine a year. So, the food was accompanied by fantastic wine and wine tasting.
Day three we rounded up with more presentations before we headed home.
PS: We also learned the history of the name Wintershall, and how to pronounce it correctly: Wintershall was founded on 13 February 1894 by mining entrepreneur Carl Julius Winter. It was originally set up as a drilling company to produce potash in Kamen. The company name (pronounced: Winters·hall) is also derived from its founder’s name: it is made up of the surname of Carl Julius Winter and the Old High German word for salt («Hall»).