May. 4, 2020

Helge C. Beuthan

UAE, Abu Dhabi

Helge C. Beuthan

Managing Director, Wintershall Dea UAE

“We are Europe's leading independent gas and oil company and only in a position to grow all the further.”


Helge C. Beuthan joined the E&P industry in 1995 after finishing his master's in petroleum engineering from the Technical University of Clausthal, Germany. He started his career as
an operational reservoir engineer working in oil and gas developments for Wintershall's German operated and non-operated assets. Thereafter he became development coordinator in Libya for four years. In 2008, he was promoted to corporate chief reservoir engineer at headquarters, and in 2011, he was appointed development manager in Germany for three years, after which he became vice president for global subsurface evaluation in Kassel until 2019. He is now the SVP and Managing Director for Wintershall DEA responsible for the United Arab Emirates.

How has Wintershall Dea come to position itself in Abu Dhabi?
Wintershall Dea (Wintershall merged with Dea in 2019) has been in Abu Dhabi for almost 10 years, and the decision to enter the market was driven by opportunity. At the time, the Abu Dhabi Na- tional Oil Company (ADNOC) offered us a project to drill in the Shuwaihat field. We were delighted with the opportunity, as it was an ideal moment to showcase our excellence in such a sensitive environment, especially with respect to our expertise in hydrogen sulfide. After successfully completing the drilling and appraisal of our two wells, onshore and off- shore, our team was tasked with finding opportunities to continue our business in the UAE. We were grateful when the next step came in the form of the Ghasha Concession, in which Wintershall Dea now has a 10% stake. We are confident this 40-year concession, covering a huge area, will bring a lot of interesting developments.

How will the merger of Wintershall and Dea enhance the company's work in the Middle East?
Last year, Wintershall and DEA completed their big merger. Now as Wintershall Dea, we are Europe's leading independent gas and oil company and only in a position to grow all the further. In the past we had already partnered on several projects, including our 50-50 partnership in the Mittelplate development, an artificial island in an environmentally sensitive area in the Waddenzee in northern Germany. Building on this excellent working relationship and combined knowledge, our merged company will continue to focus on developing fields in complex areas.

What makes Wintershall Dea a unique player in Abu Dhabi's oil and gas sector?
Wintershall Dea's differentiators include, but are not limited to, its long experience and technical expertise in the sour gas domain. Having successfully developed sour gas fields in Germany for over 50 years, Wintershall Dea is a
strong geology, geophysics, and engineering-driven company. We also excel in working from exploration rather than making large on- and offshore fields into brownfield developments. For Wintershall Dea, the success of a project comes beside the described operational excellence from strong, collaborative partnerships, and the prospect of developing more of these in the Middle East is what has brought us here.

How does Wintershall Dea maintain its technical edge?
In recent years, Wintershall Dea has come up with many different ways to ensure we develop our capabilities with new technologies and expertise. We maintain skilled networks around the world composed of people from diverse operational environments working across different levels, analyzing challenges and formulating solutions. If the solutions are effective, we integrate them into our best practices and guidelines and make them fit-for-purpose to apply them to our core regions around the globe. We are dedicated to collaboration and durable workflows. This is what we are pursuing in our Ghasha project now. We are also looking at the entire value chain in surface and subsurface, and use our technology competence center in Germany to provide solutions for operational challenges in chemistry, petrophysics, or other areas requiring specific analysis. One innovation we made, for example, established a digital alternative to the classic and time-consuming core analysis, called Digital Rocks. This uses different techniques to generate a digital visualization of a reservoir that goes down to a scale of a single nanometer. It is a unique asset, and we are happy to deploy it in Abu Dhabi. Using this digital model, we can better predict previously difficult properties of the reservoir such as relative permeability or wettability, which will help optimize exploitation of the existing field and significantly accelerate the evaluation time and decision making process for how to best further develop the field.