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

Indonesia: Premier to test deeper gas zone at Anoa

Feb 6, 2012

Premier Oil PLC said it has deepened the Anoa WL-5x development well on Natuna Sea Block A offshore Indonesia to a total depth of 11,012 ft to evaluate the potential of the Eocene-Oligocene Lama formation.

Eastern Baltic basin well has multizone gas, oil shows

Feb 10, 2012

Talisman Energy Inc. has set production casing at an indicated multizone discovery in Poland’s eastern Baltic basin.

Ukraine: Kulczyk gets Dnieper-Donets production license

Feb 13, 2012

The Ukrainian Ministry of Fuel & Energy has formally acknowledged the conversion of the Olgovskoye license in the Dnieper-Donets basin from a 5-year exploration license to a 20-year production license, said Kulczyk Oil Ventures Inc., Calgary.

Quebec: Corridor sees Macasty-Utica similarities

Feb 21, 2012

The Macasty shale on Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence offshore Quebec has properties similar to those of the Utica shale, the Macasty geological equivalent in eastern Ohio, said Corridor Resources Inc., Halifax, NS.

Connacher delays oil sands expansion, names CEO

Feb 22, 2012

Connacher Oil & Gas Ltd., Calgary, which last month disclosed a strategic review following key management changes, has delayed the planned expansion of its Alberta oil sands production project and named an interim chief executive officer (OGJ Online, Jan. 20, 2012).

Move targeting oil sands stalls in EU

Feb 23, 2012

A European Union technical committee handed Alberta producers a “small victory” by declining to declare fuels made from bitumen to be greater emitters of greenhouse gases than those from other types of crude oil.

Poland: Poznan East tight gas license extended

Feb 24, 2012

Poland’s Ministry of Environment has extended by 3 years the license on Block 208 at Poznan East in Poland for a geological work program of 150 line-km of 2D seismic, said Aurelian Oil & Gas PLC.

Poland: Saponis spuds shale exploratory well

Feb 29, 2012

Saponis Investments Sp. z o.o. has spudded the Miszewo T-1 well on the Trzebielino concession between Gdansk and Koszalin in northern Poland.

Porto, partners to evaluate Lias shale in Portugal

Mar 1, 2012

Sorgenia International BV, Milan, and Rohol-Aufsuchungs AG, Vienna, will join Porto Energy Corp., The Woodlands, Tex., in joint evaluation of the tight oil potential of the Lower Jurassic (Lias) shale on Porto’s concessions in the Lusitanian basin onshore Portugal.

CNRL on schedule to restart Horizon bitumen upgrader in March

Mar 9, 2012

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. drilled a record number of wells and achieved record quarterly production totaling more than 657,000 boe/d during fourth-quarter 2011, and plans are on schedule for the Horizon bitumen upgrader to resume full operations by the end of March.

Review starts of Laricina's Germain expansion

Mar 12, 2012

Alberta’s Energy Resources Conservation Board has begun its review of applications by Laricina Energy Ltd. for expansion of the Germain commercial demonstration oil sands project in the west Athabasca region.

Poland: FX seeing tight gas production increases

Mar 13, 2012

FX Energy Inc., Salt Lake City, said its gas production in Poland has averaged 13.5 MMscfd so far in 2012, up from the 2011 average of 12 MMscfd.

ERCB approves Gemini oil sands project

Mar 14, 2012

Koch Oil Sands Operating ULC has received conditional approval to build and operate the Gemini thermal oil sands project near Beaverdam in the Cold Lake area of Alberta.

MEG Energy starts Surmont consultation

Mar 19, 2012

MEG Energy Corp. will begin formal stakeholder consultation leading to regulatory applications to develop oil sands leases in the Surmont area of Alberta.

Argentina: Vaca Muerta long-term test under way

Mar 23, 2012

Apache Corp. in February 2012 initiated a long term test of the Vaca Muerta shale at the Hua.x-1 well on the 250,000-acre Huacalera block in the western Neuquen basin in Argentina, said partner Americas Petrogas Inc., Calgary.

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