Facts and figures

More than 1 billion metric tonnes of crude oil transported

Founded / Start of operations

1956 / 1958

Wilhelmshaven tank farm

26 floating roof tanks with a volume of 30.000 m³ each
55 m diameter
13,5 m in height
9 floating roof tanks with a volume of 100.000 m³ each
98 m diameter
13,5 m in height
Total capicity 1,6 Mio. m³

Ochtrup tank farm

1 floating roof tank with a volume of 50.000 m³
(managed by NWO)

Connections to storage caverns

Wilhelmshaven tank farm: Rüstringen (Wilhelmshaven) and
Friedeburg (Wittmund)
Ochtrup tank farm: Epe (Westfalen)
Total storage capacity: approx. 15 million m³


Crude oil transported since 1958: über 1 Mrd. t mit mehr als 20.000 Tankern
Crude oil transport in 2023: 16,4 million t (2022: 18,2 million t)
Number of tankers processed 2023: 171 (2022: 204)
Average load/tanker 2023: 96.173 t (2022: 89.104 t)
Transferred  NWO / NDO 2023: approx. 13,0 million t / approx. 3,4 million t
(2022): approx. 14,4 million t / approx.  4,6 million t)
Share of crude oil supplied in Germany 2023

n.a (2022: approx. 23 %)

Number of Employees

Approx. 150
(including trainee workers)

Facilities Wilhelmshaven

170 hectares

Harbour complex

1 jetty for tanker up to260.000 tdw
with draught of 21 m (also larger vessels on request)
2 jetties for tankers up to130.000 tdw with approximate draught of 15m
Length of landing bridge:670 m
Length of pier:1.207 m

Long-range pipeline

Nord-West Oelleitung:Wilhelmshaven – Wesseling
Supply of four refineries in Lingen,
Gelsenkirchen-Scholven, -Horst
and Wesseling near Cologne
391 km in length (including branch pipeline)  71 cm in diameter
approx. 16.3 million metric tonnes p.a. transport capacity
Norddeutsche Oelleitung:Wilhelmshaven – Hamburg
Supply of one refinery in Hamburg
142 km in length, 56 cm in diameter
approx. 8 million metric tonnes p.a. transport capacity Managed by NWO
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