Oil, gas and gas condensate are among the most important energy sources in the world. One thing we know for sure is that we need oil - currently around 90 million barrels of crude oil a day. Oil is used for many other purposes other than fuel for energy or transport. And yet we are constantly hearing new and often conflicting forecasts about the potential reserves and resources.


To date, natural gas has been used primarily for heating and generating electricity – that will change in the future. That’s because natural gas can also demonstrate its benefits over other fossil fuels in terms of carbon footprint in the mobility sector and in tandem with renewable energies. Compared to oil, natural gas emits around a quarter less climate-damaging greenhouse gases – and even up to 35 percent compared to lignite and hard coal.


Some oils are light, can be used almost immediately and are therefore very valuable. Other oils are heavy and have to undergo additional refining processes before they can be used. One of the lightest and most valuable crude oils is condensate which is used to produce products like petrol, jet fuel, diesel and heating fuels.

What types of oil exist?

As an unrefined natural product, oil consists of more than 17,000 components. It can be classified as extra heavy oil and bitumen, heavy oil, light oil, and condensate. API gravity is the unit generally used to classify crude oil. It is used throughout the world for characterization and as a quality standard for crude oil.

Light oil has to be recovered from heavy oil. Only then can end products such as diesel, gasoline, and petroleum be produced. Most demand is for the light, low-sulfur oil grades.

years of criude oil production at plateau with steam flooding technique
Percent of the German oil are produced by JenaOil
active crude oil fields
active natural gas fields
of Germany's natural gas are produced by JenaOil

Who we are

Aitingen is by far the largest oil production facility operating in the Alpine foothills. JenaOil has been operating the production site south of Augsburg since 1979. Around 37,500 tons of crude oil are currently recovered from the Lechfeld plain each year. It is a very high quality, light oil without paraffins, and is processed at the Lingen refinery to produce, for example, diesel or petrol.

About us

Producing crude oil and natural gas in Germany is often difficult and technologically challenging. It requires great technological expertise and prudence.

By applying high safety and environmental standards in its everyday work, JenaOil has earned a reputation for outstanding technological expertise – a key criterion for opening the door to participation in large international projects. Important fields of research are in particular activities to enhance recovery from crude oil reservoirs and production from tight gas reservoirs.

Germany is one of JenaOil’s most important regions for oil and gas exploration and production. Among other things, JenaOil is the operator of the only gas production platform in the German North Sea (A6-A) and has a 50-percent stake in the largest German crude oil field, Mittelplate, off the North Sea coast. Domestic energy is also produced around Barnstorf in the rural district of Diepholz, in Emlichheim on the German-Dutch border, in Landau in the Palatinate and in Aitingen/Schwabmüchen near Augsburg.

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