On October 10th, the CDU party group in the state of Schleswig-Holstein paid an on-site visit to the Mittelplate drilling and production island. The CDU (Christian Democrats) in Schleswig-Holstein under the leadership of Minister-president Daniel Günther on behalf of the government and as part of the so-called Jamaica coalition represents a key contact for DEA.
The delegation was accompanied by Günther Prien, DEA's Central Works Council Chairman, who had been responsible for initiating the excursion. In addition, on behalf of DEA Uwe Balasus-Lange, the Head of the der Leiter der Opco Germany / Denmark, Wolfgang Faist, the Head of the Holstein production district, as well as Derek Mösche, Press Spokesman, explained to the delegates how responsibly DEA extracts crude oil, a precious commodity, in the national park within the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea Tidelands. Operations have proceeded without incident and on a sustainable basis for 31 years now. During this time, over 35 million tonnes of crude oil have been safely produced.
Günther Prien expressed his delight that this visit once again made it possible to improve the network with political stakeholders: “The discussion regarding climate change, the energy transition and fossil fuels shows that we are able to convey our points of view only in dialogue with our stakeholders. And the best way of achieving this is by means of shared on-site inspections, said Prien.
The Kiel-based policymakers, whose thematic focal points are on the economy, energy, finance and communication, were unanimously impressed with the high standards and the degree of technical sophistication on the island.
Apart from the responsible, safe work carried out on Mittelplate island, attention focused in particular on the economic significance of domestic crude oil production: “Mittelplate is at the start of an important value added chain, with numerous key products being manufactured on Germany's western coast from Mittelplate oil. Moreover, a total of 1.3 billion euros in production royalties have meanwhile been paid to the state of Schleswig-Holstein. In the year 2017 alone, these came to 62 million euros," explained Uwe Balasus-Lange. The listeners were amazed by this figure: “Considering that we currently pay 90 million euros per annum for the entire road construction programme in Schleswig-Holstein, this amount certainly is highly respectable," emphased Lukas Kilian, member of the state parliament of Schleswig-Holstein.
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