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

Encana to sell Colorado gas plant

Jan 18, 2011

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., subsidiary of Encana Corp., Calgary, will sell its Fort Lupton natural gas processing plant in Colorado to Western Gas Partners LP, Houston, for about $303 million.

Canada's Montney shale to get gas plant

Jan 11, 2011

AltaGas, Calgary, has let a contract to IMV Projects, a Wood Group company also based in Calgary, for the engineering, procurement, and construction management for the $235 million (Can.) Gordondale sour gas processing plant and associated gas gathering.

Sasol buying stake in Talisman's Montney shale gas

Dec 20, 2010

Sasol Ltd. agreed to buy a 50% stake in Talisman Energy Inc.’s Montney shale gas play in the Farrell Creek project in northeastern British Columbia for $1.05 billion (Can.), and the two companies plan a Farrell Creek area partnership that Talisman will operate.

Fruitland to Barnett to…

Oct 25, 2010 Have all of the large shale gas and oil fields in the US been found, as one chief executive officer claimed in mid-October?


Aug 2, 2010

Nexen expands Northeast BC holding, runs fracs

Jul 26, 2010 Nexen Inc., Calgary, said has more than doubled its land position in Northeast British Columbia, where it drilled eight wells in the Horn River basin in the first quarter of 2010.

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Jul 26, 2010

Encana, CNPC to speed BC gas developments

Jul 5, 2010 Encana Corp. and China National Petroleum Corp. signed a heads of agreement under which they would negotiate a joint venture to develop Encana's Northeast British Columbia gas plays

Shale gas changes N. American gas production projections

Jul 1, 2010 Estimates of ultimate gas recovery from shales have changed the outlook for gas production in the US and Canada.

Spectra announces Montney gas processing plant

Jun 11, 2010

Spectra Energy announced June 10 it is building a 200 MMcfd natural gas processing plant west of Dawson Creek to service the Montney shale in northeast British Columbia.

NEB notes shift toward BC in Canadian natural gas deliverability

Apr 26, 2010 Gas deliverability in Canada will continue to decline through 2012 as production falls in Alberta and rises in British Columbia, says the National Energy Board.

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Apr 12, 2010


Feb 22, 2010

Kitimat LNG to be majority owned, operated by Apache unit

Jan 15, 2010

Kitimat LNG Inc., which plans to export natural gas via an LNG plant in British Columbia, has sold a majority interest in the export project to Apache Canada Ltd., a unit of Apache Corp.

Special Report: Canada looks to shales for boost to gas supply

Dec 14, 2009 Natural gas from shale formations represents a potentially crucial source of supply growth in Canada, where production from conventional reservoirs is declining in a trend likely to continue.
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