International Unconventional

International Unconventional Description ImageThere has been substantial recent interest in shale gas potential in Eastern Europe. ExxonMobil has been working to identify shale gas resources in Germany and other large end-user markets. E&P companies have selected about a dozen basins in Europe for initial exploration, including the Cambrian Alum in southern Sweden, the Vienna Basin in Austria, multiple locations in Poland (especially the promising Gdansk Basin), the Weald Basin in England, the East Paris Basin in France (as well as two other locations in France), the Lower Saxony Basin in Germany and the very large Mako Trough in Hungary. China is another important area for shale gas, as is India. Chinese and American geologists have said that China’s shale gas potential is massive and could easily rival the largest basins in the US.

International Unconventional News

Georgina basin well results encourage PetroFrontier

Sep 5, 2012

PetroFrontier Corp., Calgary, reported encouraging oil and gas indications at three horizontal wells in Australia’s southern Georgina basin as the company launched a share offering to fund the rest of its 2012 exploration program in the basin with Statoil Australia Oil & Gas AS (OGJ Online, June 20, 2012).

Study notes tailing-pond technology paths

Aug 31, 2012

A study conducted for the Alberta government’s research organization has created a framework for developing technologies related to tailing ponds in oil sands mining operations.

CERI: Oil sands growth would continue without pipelines

Aug 31, 2012

Preventing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would not keep Alberta oil sands activity from growing, the president of the Canadian Energy Research Institute said. “There could be 50,000-200,000 b/d of rail capacity for bitumen if the pipeline isn’t built. That would slow down, but not stop, production,” Peter Howard indicated.

Victoria declares hydraulic fracturing moratorium

Aug 31, 2012

The Victorian government imposed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing pending legislative changes to implement new standards for the oil and gas industry.

China: Ordos basin coalbed methane wells spudded

Aug 27, 2012

Sino Gas & Energy Holdings Ltd., Sydney, has spudded the first two coalbed methane wells on the Linxing production sharing contract area in the Ordos basin in China.

TNK-BP extends use of enhanced frac method

Aug 16, 2012

TNK-BP is expanding the use of an enhanced multistage hydraulic fracturing to boost oil production from mature fields in West Siberia.

AWE fracs Carynginia shale in onshore Perth basin

Aug 13, 2012

AWE Ltd., Sydney, said it is recovering fluids and gas after successful fracs of two shale zones at the Woodada Deep-1 well in Australia’s onshore Perth basin.

Vermilion adds Duvernay land to Cardium development

Aug 10, 2012

Vermilion Energy Inc., Calgary, is testing its first vertical appraisal well as it embarks on a new growth initiative in shale oil and liquids-rich gas resource opportunities in western Canada.

Japan's Inpex closes on British Columbia shale gas joint venture

Aug 8, 2012

A consortium led by Japan’s Inpex Corp. has closed on a transaction with Nexen Inc., creating a joint venture to develop unconventional shale gas assets in the Horn River, Cordova, and Liard basins in northeastern British Columbia.

BNK touts shale gas readings at Poland Baltic well

Aug 8, 2012

The Gapowo B-1 well on the Bytow concession in Poland encountered overpressured shales in Lower Silurian and Ordovician and greatly elevated gas readings over those in wells on the Saponis concessions.

India proposes terms for shale oil, gas

Aug 1, 2012

The government of India has invited public comment on draft fiscal terms for development of oil and gas resources in shale (OGJ Online, Mar. 13, 2012).

OSHOT: China's ability to process Canadian heavy oil limited

Jul 25, 2012

China’s ability to process large volumes of heavy crude oil from Canada’s oil sands is limited. Xingyi Wang, vice-president of China National Petroleum Corp. America Ltd., made this remark July 25 while addressing China’s plans regarding heavy oil at the Oil Sands & Heavy Oil Technologies conference in Calgary.

OSHOT: Recovered sulfur from oil, gas operations set to rise

Jul 24, 2012

The amount of sulfur recovered from global oil and gas operations is set to increase by the equivalent of 30% of current production during 2011-16, according to Uday Parekh of DEVCO, Tulsa.

Colombia: Pacific Rubiales takes Portofino block reins

Jul 24, 2012

Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp., Toronto, will operate and acquire a 40% participating interest in the Portofino heavy oil exploration block in the Caguan-Putumayo basin of southern Colombia.

Queensland: Exoma well probes Galilee Toolebuc shale

Jul 24, 2012

Exoma Energy Ltd. has completed the Sancho-1 exploratory well on ATP 999P in central Queensland, Australia, after an operating delay due to wet weather.

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