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

China shale gas challenges match its potential, expert suggests

Mar 15, 2013

China faces significant geologic, development, transportation, and bureaucratic challenges if it expects to fully exploit its shale gas resources, even though they’re probably greater than those in the US, an IHS CERA expert said.

Cuadrilla delays UK Bowland shale work for environmental impact assessment

Mar 14, 2013

Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. plans to delay plans to start hydraulic fracturing in a Bowland basin shale project in Lancashire, UK, until 2014 to give the company time to get an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for some exploration wells, Cuadrilla Chief Executive Francis Egan said.

CNPC to buy stake in Eni's gas field offshore Mozambique

Mar 14, 2013

China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) is acquiring a stake in a natural gas field offshore Mozambique in Area 4 from Eni SPA for $4.2 billion. The companies also signed a joint study agreement covering Rongchang shale gas block in China.

Colombia: Petrominerales eyes Llanos basin commerciality

Mar 6, 2013

Petrominerales Ltd., Calgary, said it resumed production testing in January 2013 at its Tatama horizontal well in Colombia’s Llanos basin, where the company operates the Rio Ariari, Chiguiro Oeste, and Chiguiro Este blocks.

Delphi Energy brings Montney horizontal wells on stream

Mar 1, 2013

Delphi Energy Corp. of Calgary reported encouraging results from its initial development of its Montney play at Bigstone where Delphi last year brought three horizontal Montney wells on stream and recently brought on stream a fourth horizontal well (OGJ Online, May 22, 2012).

ConocoPhillips planning to divest some LNG, oil sands assets

Feb 28, 2013

ConocoPhillips is planning to sell some of its interest in the Australia Pacific LNG project and in the Canadian oil sands in a strategy to devote more cash to US shale plays, ConocoPhilips Chief Executive Ryan Lance said during a Feb. 28 investor and analyst meeting.

Chevron farms into Cooper basin in Australia

Feb 26, 2013

Chevron Corp. has signed a potential multimillion-dollar farmin deal with Adelaide-based Beach Energy Ltd.’s acreage in the Cooper basin in Australia.

China Junggar CBM exploratory drilling progresses

Feb 26, 2013

TerraWest Energy Corp., Vancouver, BC, has provided results of its 2012 exploratory drilling program on the Liuhuanggou coalbed methane production sharing contract area covering 255 sq miles adjacent to the city of Urumqi, capital of China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, in the Junggar basin.

ConocoPhillips farms into Western Australia shale project

Feb 21, 2013

ConocoPhillips has committed to its $109.5 million farmin to Perth-based New Standard Energy Ltd.’s Goldwyer shale project in the onshore Canning basin of Western Australia.

Perth basin precleanup shale gas flow rate encouraging

Feb 19, 2013

Norwest Energy NL, Perth, reported an encouraging early flow rate of 350 Mscfd of gas from Permian Carynginia shale at its Arrowsmith-2 well on EP413 in the Perth basin of Western Australia.

Queensland okays Aussie oil shale project

Feb 19, 2013

Australia’s Queensland state government said it will allow Queensland Energy Resources Ltd. to proceed with efforts to develop commercial oil shale operations at a Gladstone plant, provided QER comply with environmental requirements, the government said.

Argentina drilling unconventional well in Chubut province

Feb 18, 2013

Argentina’s YPF SA plans to spend $12 million to drill an unconventional well in Chubut province, marking YPF’s strategy to expand beyond Neuquen province in its search for unconventional oil and gas.

Northern Perth basin tight gas development under study

Feb 7, 2013

AWE Ltd. and Origin Energy Ltd. are studying the commercial feasibility of developing the Senecio tight gas accumulation in Australia’s northern Perth basin 250 km north of Perth.

Imperial commissioning Kearl oil sands mine

Feb 4, 2013

Imperial Oil has begun commissioning its initial Kearl oil sands mining development in the northern Athabasca region of Alberta and expects production of diluted bitumen from the first froth-treatment train to begin this quarter (OGJ Online, Jan. 19, 2012). Production will ramp up to 110,000 b/d of bitumen over several months.

Argentina: Vaca Muerta completion try set on Coiron Amargo

Feb 4, 2013

Roch SA, operator of the Coiron Amargo block in Argentina’s Neuquen basin, will attempt completion in the Vaca Muerta shale at the CAS X-5 well.

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