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OMV’s geothermal experts welcome first results

  • Production and injection test to analyze Vienna Basin’s geothermal potential
  • Testing is completed
  • Further analyses are pending

OMV conducted a production and injection test in fall 2022 to analyze the geothermal potential in the Vienna Basin, Lower Austria. The test took place in the basement of the Vienna Basin, in the “Hauptdolomit”. A workover prepared the OMV well Aderklaa 96 for testing at a depth of about 2,900 m. Formation water was produced, temporarily stored above ground in sealed containers, and then fed back into the formation. The aim of the geothermal test was to determine important reservoir parameters and to obtain samples of the formation water in order to decide whether this formation is suitable for producing geothermal energy for direct heat use. 

The actual testing has been completed and the testing facility is being dismantled again. The OMV experts are satisfied with the initial results: Water could be produced with temperatures of 102 degrees Celsius at a rate of up to 40 m3/h and has been reinjected successfully. In the coming months, the next step is to analyze various parameters of the data obtained to check the technical feasibility and subsequently the economic viability.

“OMV aims to become a net-zero emissions company by no later than 2050. That is why geothermal energy plays an important role in OMV’s low carbon business. Our strength in the geothermal sector is our extensive expertise above and below ground. We are using our know-how to drive the energy transition,” said Angelika Zartl-Klik, OMV Senior Vice President Low Carbon Business.

In its Strategy 2030, OMV, the international integrated oil, gas and chemicals company headquartered in Vienna, has set itself the goal of expanding its low carbon business and thereby its range of low carbon energy. OMV’s energy production from geothermal energy is expected to grow to up to 9 TWh by 2030.


More info on the OMV Low Carbon Business:

Low Carbon | OMV.com

More info on OMV Geothermal:

Geothermal energy – energy from the subsurface (omv.com)
More info on the geothermal project Aderklaa 96 – German only
Video: OMV Strategy 2030: Geothermal energy - YouTube

Background information:

OMV Aktiengesellschaft
With Group sales revenues of EUR 36 bn and a workforce of around 22,400 employees in 2021, OMV is amongst Austria’s largest listed industrial companies.

In Chemicals & Materials, OMV through its subsidiary Borealis, is one of the world’s leading providers of advanced and circular polyolefin solutions and a European market leader in base chemicals, fertilizers, and plastics recycling. Together with its two major joint ventures – Borouge (with ADNOC, in the UAE and Singapore) and Baystar™ (with TotalEnergies, in the USA) – Borealis supplies products and services to customers across the globe. OMV’s Refining & Marketing business produces and markets fuels as well as feedstock for the chemical industry, operates three refineries in Europe, and holds a 15% stake in a refining joint venture in the UAE. OMV operates around 1,800 filling stations in ten European countries. In addition, the activities include Gas & Power Eastern Europe where it also operates a gas-fired power plant in Romania. In Exploration & Production, OMV explores and produces oil and gas in the four core regions of Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, North Sea, and Asia-Pacific. Average daily production in 2021 included production from a joint venture in Russia and amounted to 486,000 boe/d with a focus on natural gas (~60%). As of March 1, 2022, Russian entities are no longer consolidated. Its activities include Gas Marketing Western Europe, where it also operates gas storage facilities in Austria and Germany. 

OMV intends to transition from an integrated oil, gas, and chemicals company to become a leading provider of innovative and sustainable fuels, chemicals, and materials, while taking a leading global role in the circular economy. By switching over to a low-carbon business, OMV is striving to achieve net zero in all three Scopes by 2050 at the latest.