The exploration license Zehdenick-North is located just north of Berlin in the federal state of Brandenburg and covers an area of 368 sq km. The concession was awarded to Jasper on 09.11.2015 by the State Office for Mining, Geology and Minerals of Brandenburg, based in Cottbus, as a permit “Erlaubnis zur Aufsuchung von Kohlenwasserstoffen nebst den bei ihrer Gewinnung anfallenden Gasen“.
The project is a result of exploration activities performed by Erdöl-Erdgas-Gommern (EEG) in the 1970ies, i.e. the presence of gas is already proved by respective gas wells. Gas was discovered in Rotliegendsandstones at a depth of approx. 4100 m. The project is classified as conventional. EEG did not continue with this project in the 1970ies due to technical difficulties. New technologies has however potentially made production of the gas in Zehdenick more economic.
The exploration program planned includes an analysis of the structural extent of the deposit and the productivity of respective intervals. This will be done in several steps, beginning with geological studies. Based on ecological impact assessments the operational field works will then be planned and executed. This includes geophysical surveys, followed by exploration wells which lead to field development if successful.
The respective steps are to be approved by mining authorities in form of “Betriebsplanverfahren”. The procedures are such that local communities and all other „Träger öffentlicher Belange (TÖBs)” will be heard at an early stage and recommendations will be integrated.
Gas in Zehdenick – investing in the future
In the future of energy transition nuclear and coal have lost their leading role. The energy mix is changing towards alternatives such as solar, wind and hydroelectric. Oil and in particular gas will, however still remain a very important source at least in the near term future to fill the need for energy and not least because not every day the sun shines or the wind blows.
Germany imports 97% of its oil consumption and 85% of its gas consumption. The currently known gas reserves in German will only last for about another 10 years and the dependence on imports from Northern Europe and in particular Russia is increasing.
To increase domestic reserves is therefore important to secure future gas supply. Our Zehdenick project could form an important part of the future energy supply for Germany. The gas project has great potential, but is still not free from risks. We need to investigate how much gas is there in the ground and how a development of this gas can be done. The gas is located in a sandstone reservoir at approximately 4100m depth and has a low calorific value. To drill for this gas and the processing of this gas will therefore be very large cost items. Nevertheless, the project can have a high positive influence for gas supply in Germany and locally on Zehdenick, as it had in the past for Salzwedel when the largest gas field in Germany, the Altmark, was discovered and developed.
In a success case we are planning a conventional gas development and production from Zehdenick-Nord that meets all modern safety standards.
Europe is a leader in safety and environmental standards for our industry. Their observance is our only benchmark, our „license to operate“!
Phase of a gas project
The project lifetime can be long as much as 40-50 years, and is separated into phases. The main phase are the exploration and in a success case followed by the production phase. The Zehdenick Nord Project is currently in the exploration phase and more precisely in the evaluation phase. Gas under Zehdenich has been proven by Erdöl-Erdgas-Gommern (EEG) in the 1970ies. Jasper is now evaluation how much gas there is, and if succesfull the next phase will be production of the gas. In the exploration phase most work is done by experts in offices and only then new data is required then actual work will take place in the area such as seismic data acquisition or exploration drilling. Once this phase is successfully completed the production phase will commence, and more permanents work in very selected area will start such as construction of production facilities and drilling of production wells.
All steps and plans in all phases of the project are to be approved by mining and environmental authorities, and again local communities and all other „Träger öffentlicher Belange (TÖBs)” will be heard at an early stage and recommendations will be integrated in our plans.