Western Germany

The regional centre of the country’s natural gas production and the traditional heart of its onshore oil-producing industry.



Oil and Gas




35% – 75%

Field facts

Some of our most long-standing assets in Germany are in the western part of the country. One of our predecessor companies discovered the first oil in the region in 1942. Oil and then natural gas deposits in the rural districts of Emsland and Grafschaft Bentheim drove the initial development of our business.

We operate nine gas fields and six oil fields in the region, with Bramberge, Ringe, Adorf/Scheerhorn and Itterbeck among the most productive. Over 142 mmboe of crude has been recovered at Bramberge since production started there. Development projects at the field aim to keep it productive for several more decades.

As well as optimising existing fields we are developing new projects in the region. In Hoogstede, for instance, we are drilling the Adorf Z15 natural gas exploration well.

Produced oil is sent via pipeline to the BP refinery in Lingen. Natural gas is fed into the Erdgas Münster network and resold. Neptune Energy’s 2018 share of operated gas production from the region was 360 kboe. Net oil production was 578 kboe.

First oil 1942


Neptune Energy interest:

Bramberge (44.73%), Ringe oil (45%), Ringe gas (35%), Adorf/Scheerhorn (75%), Itterbeck (50%).


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