Horn River

Horn River Description ImageThe Horn River Basin shale play is located in northeast British Columbia and is a relatively new natural gas discovery. It is the largest known shale gas field in Canada. A large number of mostly Canadian and American companies have been busy obtaining leases in the Horn River area, and a 36-inch pipeline is being built to transport natural gas from this remote area to a tie-in point on TransCanada’s existing Alberta System.

Experts estimate there is about 250 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas in the field, of which 10% to 20% is recoverable. Another emerging shale play in British Columbia, just south of the Horn River shale, is the Montney shale, which is estimated to hold up to 50 tcf of gas reserves and extends east into Alberta.

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Horn River Shale News

Induced seismicity research effort identifies information gaps

Nov 10, 2014

A federally coordinated effort to determine whether oil and gas activities are related to growing reports of induced seismic activity has identified several information gaps that need to be closed, speakers said during an Oct. 30 briefing at the US Energy Association.

Canada Briefs

Aug 13, 2014

Liard and the Besa River shale

Aug 20, 2012

Northern Canada’s lesser-explored basins leave lots of scope for big plays, including in thick sections of Devonian-age sediments.

Quicksilver, KKR form partnership for Horn River midstream

Dec 28, 2011

Units of Quicksilver Resources Inc., Fort Worth, and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP have formed a midstream partnership to build and operate natural gas midstream services in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories of Canada.

Nexen, Inpex form venture to develop BC shale gas

Nov 29, 2011

Nexen Inc. and a consortium led by Japan’s Inpex Corp. agreed to create a joint venture to develop unconventional shale gas assets in the Horn River, Cordova, and Liard basins in northeastern British Columbia.

Pembina to expand Montney shale NGL pipeline capacity

Nov 11, 2011

Pembina Pipeline Corp. will install five new pump stations and upgrade five existing pump stations to expand NGL throughput capacity on its Peace and Northern Pipelines (together the Northern NGL System) by 55,000 b/d to accommodate increased field liquids extraction by producers in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

Spectra reaches Montney shale gas processing agreements

Oct 21, 2011

Spectra Energy Corp. has entered into multiyear agreements with Progress Energy Resources Corp. to provide a total 370 MMcfd of natural gas gathering and processing services for Montney shale production in northeast British Columbia.

Encana to sell interest in Cabin Gas plant

Oct 7, 2011

Enbridge Inc. reached an agreement with Encana Corp., both of Calgary, to acquire Encana’s interest in the Cabin Gas plant in the Horn River basin of northeast British Columbia for $220 million (Can.). Closing is expected in December.

ExxonMobil takes Argentina shale farmout

Aug 31, 2011

ExxonMobil Exploration Argentina SRL and a unit of Americas Petrogas Inc., Calgary, will explore and possibly exploit the Canadian company’s 163,500-acre Los Toldos blocks in the western Neuquen basin of Argentina for oil and gas in shales.

British Columbia: More Horn River gas flowing

Aug 8, 2011

Only two more wells are needed to validate nearly all of Quicksilver Resources Inc.’s exploratory licenses in the Horn River basin of Northeast British Columbia and convert them to 10-year development leases.

Encana, PetroChina call off Cutbank Ridge talks

Jun 21, 2011

Encana Corp. and PetroChina International Investment Co. were “unable to achieve substantial alignment” after more than a year on a proposed joint venture in Encana’s Cutbank Ridge assets in western Canada, including the joint operating agreement.

British Columbia: Quicksilver updates Horn River

Feb 28, 2011

Quicksilver Resources Inc., Fort Worth, said four of the six horizontal wells it has drilled into the Muskwa and Klua formations in the Horn River basin of Northeast British Columbia are on production.

TransCanada reports lower earnings; details 2011 spending plans

Feb 16, 2011

TransCanada Corp. announced net income applicable to common shares for the year ended Dec. 31, 2010, of $1.2 billion or $1.78/share, compared with $1.4 billion ($2.11/share) in the same period last year.

Apache, EOG Resources to buy 50% stake in Kitimat pipeline

Feb 9, 2011

Kitimat LNG partners Apache Canada Ltd. and EOG Resources Canada Inc. have agreed to purchase Pacific Northern Gas Ltd.’s 50% stake in the Pacific Trail Pipelines LP for $50 million.

TransCanada's Horn River gas pipeline receives NEB approval

Feb 7, 2011

Canada’s National Energy Board approved TransCanada Corp.’s Horn River natural gas pipeline project. The pipeline will connect British Columbia shale gas supplies to TransCanada’s Alberta System.

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