Verhagen launches renewed oil Schoonebeek

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On 24 January, Minister Maxime Verhagen (EL & I) during a ceremony to officially launch the renewed oil in and around Schoonebeek. With new innovative technology wins the Dutch Petroleum Maatschappij (NAM) is now re-oil after production stopped in 1996 and all equipment removed. A combination of new innovative technologies makes redevelopment of the oilfield possible again. By horizontal wells and low-pressure steam injection in combination with modern high-efficiency pumps NAM expects the next 25 years another 120 million barrels of oil from the field to produce.

Minister Verhagen Monday a working visit to the oilfield in Schoonebeek and addressed the attendees before he symbolically the oil tap turned and thus gave the starting signal for the renewed oil. In his speech, stood Verhagen attention to the importance of technology and innovation and emphasized the importance of exploiting the mineral resources for the Dutch economy. Also gave the Minister Schoonebeek recognition as an oil town, past and present. Bart Leemput, Director of NAM, is pleased with this important milestone. "NAM returns to her hometown, and I am very proud. In recent years, hundreds of craftsmen worked hard to make this possible. The total project guarantees one of the most modern oil productions in Europe. "

The Schoonebeek oilfield, which was discovered in 1943, is the largest onshore oil field in northwestern Europe. Between 1947 and 1996, the NAM 250 million barrels of one billion barrels of oil from the oil extracted Schoonebeekerveld. In 1996, the oil stopped NAM Schoonebeek because the awkward extractability of the tough, viscous oil with the former techniques and infrastructure. End of 2007, NAM, along with partner Energie Beheer BV Netherlands the decision to re-oil to win in Schoonebeek.

In February 2009, the first well drilled. In January 2011 restarts with the oil. Because there is enough natural pressure in the oilfield can sit still without first advanced steam injection oil produced. Once the pressure in the field has fallen will be started with steam injection, expected in the summer of 2011. Throughout the year there will be built and drilled in Schoonebeek, expected the whole project in 2012.

Schoonebeek oil extraction in a nutshell

In order to realize the new oil in and around Schoonebeek oliewinlocaties created 18 new, 73 new wells drilled, 40 high speech ment pumps placed 54 km pipeline was constructed. In addition, a combined heat and oil treatment plant built on the site in NAM Schoonebeek. In the natural gas-fired steam power plant is made. In order to obtain the required steam is ultra pure water obtained from the NieuWater plant in Emmen. The water in the heat and steam heat efficiently while also simultaneously generate electricity. Ninety percent of the electricity fed into the public electricity grid. In the oil treatment plant, the oil is made suitable for export by underground pipeline to the BP refinery in Germany. The water that comes along with the oil is transported by underground pipeline to Twente and there it is injected into depleted gas fields. The natural gas that is released when oil is reused in the cogeneration plant.

The Schoonebeek project phases started. More than two-thirds of the wells have already been drilled and most of the high-efficiency pumps are in the landscape as modern successors to the traditional beam pumps. The aboveground pipelines linking the sites together and provide steam supply and oil drain located in the countryside and are connected to the oil treatment plant. In Twente, the locations ready for water injection. On the cogeneration unit will still be worked throughout 2011, this will be the last to be integrated into the project.

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