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Cuxhaven, 18.06.2019

Wintershall Dea opens new passenger terminal

Today Mario Mehren, CEO of the company Wintershall Dea, officially inaugurated the new passenger clearance terminal in the ferry port of Cuxhaven for persons travelling to and from the Mittelplate drilling and production island. It provides everything necessary to ensure safe and smooth handling of passenger transfers to Mittelplate island and back again.

The upcoming mayor of Cuxhaven Uwe Santjer (SPD), Jochen Kaufholt of EnTec and the CEO of Wintershall Dea, Mario Mehren, open the new terminal

With immediate effect, the island crew, service providers and visitors will be welcomed in a reception room on the Norway pier. This is followed by the mandatory inspection of the necessary papers, such as in connection with health checkups or safety training. If all the requirements for a visit to Mittelplate have been met, a waiting room is available for waiting times or bad weather, in which passengers are taken care of very well. Next, the passengers safely cross a generously dimensioned gangway to the ship. The gangway was constructed in such a way that the incline is relatively low even when the tide has subsided significantly. This makes it possible to reach the vessel safely.

The new passenger terminal was built under the supervision of the company Entec Industrial Services and of businesses from the region. The terminal is operated by the company EnTec, which has also already successfully operated Mittelplate’s logistics hub – the Land Base Cuxhaven – for Wintershall Dea since 2012. The arriving personnel and guests also stand to benefit from the parking lot available.

“We’re really delighted that the new passenger terminal has enabled us to extend our logistics predominantly based in Cuxhaven to include a further module or building block. The good infrastructure within the port is one of the main reasons for Mittelplate’s success story. Incident-free and, above all, environmentally compatible oil production in the national park Wadden Sea tidal flats, a world natural heritage site, was made possible thanks to closely synchronised logistics on the island and in Cuxhaven,” emphasised Mario Mehren during the official inauguration.


With a production volume of 1.1 million t of oil per annum, the Mittelplate drilling and production island currently is Germany’s most productive reservoir. Since October 1987, Wintershall Dea has extracted over 35 million t of oil safely and in an environmentally compatible manner.

About Wintershall Dea

The merger of Wintershall Holding GmbH and DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG enabled two successful firms steeped in a rich tradition to become Europe’s leading independent natural gas and crude oil company, namely Wintershall Dea. The company, with German roots and based in Kassel and Hamburg, explores for and produces gas and oil in 13 countries efficiently and responsibly. With activities in Europe, Russia, Latin America and the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region, Wintershall Dea has a worldwide upstream portfolio and is also actively engaged in the midstream business, with equity interests in the transportation of natural gas.

Wintershall Dea stands for over 120 years’ experience as an operator and project partner along the entire E&P value chain. The company has a global workforce of some 4,000 employees from over 60 nations. In the period from 2021 to 2023, the company plans to boost its average daily production level from about 590,000 barrels oil equivalent to 750,000 – 800,000 barrels. An IPO is planned for Wintershall Dea in the medium term.

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