Definition: What is “onshore”?

Onshore refers to the mainland. In exploration and production, “onshore” refers to the development of oil fields, gas deposits and geothermal energy on land.
In the wind energy sector, “onshore wind farms” generate energy with windmills installed on land. Since the energy turnaround, the term “onshore” is often used in Germany for the generation of renewable wind energy using wind farms and wind power plants.

Onshore oil extraction, gas extraction, geothermal

The onshore extraction of crude oil and geothermal energy requires drilling into underground deposits. The targeted search for crude oil, natural gas and geothermal deposits is called prospecting.

Compared to offshore extraction, the onshore extraction of oil and gas is less elaborate and more cost-effective. Special methods such as seismic reflection are used for the exploration of crude oil, natural gas and geothermal deposits. Mature onshore fields are commonly used for crude oil extraction in Germany, frequently distinguishing themselves with a broad maximum extraction volume and a long extraction phase.

Conventional onshore oil extraction

In conventional extraction, one differentiates between primary, secondary and tertiary extraction depending on the degree of difficulty.

Unconventional onshore oil extraction

Since the number of conventional deposits is decreasing, crude oil is increasingly being extracted from unconventional deposits such as oil sands or oil shale.

Onshore services and onshore project management

For crude oil, natural gas and geothermal exploration and production, many natural gas and crude oil as well as geothermal companies engage special service providers (companyman) with in-depth exploration know-how and years of practical experience for the efficient management of regulations and processes as well as cost reduction.

EDPSolutions assists companies in the crude oil, natural gas and geothermal industries in the extraction of crude oil, natural gas and geothermal energy with professional project management and project support.

Project management for onshore drilling

  • Obtaining permits
  • Planning and coordination of seismic investigations (geological exploration)
  • Preparation of project studies
  • Feasibility studies – economic and technical
  • Planning onshore extraction
  • Special operating plans for the mining authorities
  • Preparation of tenders for construction and drilling work
  • Mining, construction and water law approvals
  • Deep drilling technique, deep drilling, construction work: planning, coordination, monitoring, quality assurance
  • HSE – health, safety and environment – consulting and support

Additional onshore terminology:

  • Onshore wind
  • Onshore wind energy
  • Onshore oil
  • Onshore drilling
  • Onshore services

What is “offshore”? To the definition of “offshore”