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By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, Mar. 8 -- Considerable oil potential remains in the German North Sea, said RWE Dea AG, Hamburg.

The company in 2006 was exploring for hydrocarbons off Schleswig-Holstein with Wintershall Holding AG, Kassel, and off the coast of Lower Saxony with Gaz de France.

Mittelplate tidelands field, source of most of RWE Dea's production, produced 17.5 million tonnes of crude from October 1987 through the end of 2006 (OGJ Online, Mar. 7, 2006). RWE Dea and Wintershall have 50-50 interests in Mittelplate, Germany's largest oil field.

Meanwhile, onshore in northern Germany, RWE Dea analyzed cuttings from chalk reservoirs in wells on the Heide and Hennstedt concessions and found them unsuitable for commercial production presently. It began field preparations for a 3D seismic survey aimed at measuring oil potential on the Hahnenhorn concession east of Hanover.

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