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Celle – European Center of Deep Drilling Technology

Celle has been a center for the oil industry by tradition since “black gold” was first found in this area: the Hunäus-Well - drilled 1858 – started the oil & gas production in Germany. The historic spot and the history of oil & gas production is shown in the exhibition of “Erdölmuseum” (oil museum) in Celle County.
Since then, Celle has become a leading center for the development and production of drilling technology for oil, gas and geothermal wells - which is why Celle is sometimes called the “Houston of Europe”.
Customers all over the world are served by international and domestic companies such as Schlumberger, Halliburton, Cameron, Baker Hughes, Smith International, MI Drilling Fluids and ITAG and several other service companies located in or near Celle, representing the oil & gas market or related fields of technology. These include renewable energies and environmental protection, water treatment and district heating.

Education in Drilling & Production

The Drilling School (“Bohrmeisterschule”) in Celle is a unique institute for the education of technical professionals in the areas of drilling-, production- and storage technology for the oil, gas and geothermal industry. The school celebrated its 75 years anniversary in 2012 and is offering fulltime education of drillers and toolpushers as well as numerous short courses in different topics.

A visit to the Drilling School will be organized on Thursday 15 October from 17:30-18:30. For more information, please visit this webpage.

Network of Competence “Oil – Gas - Geothermal Energy”

Geo Energy Celle e.V. is a non-profit organization with 50 members (4500 employees). One of it’s primary goals of business development is to bundle existing competences in the field of drilling technology. Shared knowledge of technologies and markets will help to open up new applications such as geothermal energy.
The development of innovative and economical drilling technologies is one of the primary tasks of drilling industry. Research co-operations have been initiated, amongst others with the Technical University in Clausthal, with the Leibniz University in Hanover and with the Technical University in Brunswick.

Research & Development

Presently a Drilling Simulator is built in Celle in order to develop novel drilling technologies. The unit has a 100 m long test stand (autoclave) for scientific investigations of the drilling process like borehole hydraulics, torque, borehole friction forces and drillstring dynamics as well as alternative rock destruction processes.
Based on intensified co-operations and networking of specialists, Celle is going to become a center for geothermal energy, thus strengthening the competitiveness of the drilling industry in Celle in a sustainable way.