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

Sunshine Oilsands advancing SAGD projects

Jan 17, 2013

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Calgary, has approved a budget for 2013 that includes the drilling of 16 well-pairs at its West Ells project and preliminary work at its Thickwood and Legend Lake areas, all in the Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta and targeted for development with steam-assisted gravity drainage.

Petrocarabobo heavy oil well starts flow

Jan 17, 2013

Production of extra heavy crude oil began late in December from the first well operated by the Petrocarabobo joint venture in the Orinoco oil belt of Venezuela.

Southeastern Turkey trends under exploration

Jan 16, 2013

Calik Enerji has spudded Giremir-1, initial exploratory well on the Sinan license in southeastern Turkey, said Anatolia Energy Corp., Calgary.

IHS: US still needs supply from Canadian oil sands

Jan 14, 2013

The US will continue to need hydrocarbons from the oil sands of Canada despite its rising output of light oil from tight formations, which nevertheless are reshaping markets for heavy Canadian material, says IHS.

Total plans shale drilling in Denmark

Jan 10, 2013

Total SA plans exploratory drilling in Denmark later this year in efforts to develop shale plays outside the US, Chief Executive Christophe de Margerie said in an interview published in Le Monde newspaper.

Alberta Oilsands reports solvent-SAGD step

Jan 10, 2013

Alberta Oilsands Inc., Calgary, has responded to the last request from Alberta officials for supplementary information in its application for a pilot project to produce bitumen with solvent-steam injection at its Clearwater acreage in northeastern Alberta.

Study upgrades Hoole oil sands resource

Jan 10, 2013

Cavalier Energy Inc. has received an independent assessment of its Hoole oil sands leases in Alberta indicating probable reserves of 93 million bbl of recoverable bitumen in sections for which it is seeking approval for in situ development (OGJ Online, Dec. 17, 2012).

Accenture: US shale gas operations offers lessons for other countries

Jan 3, 2013

Countries embarking on shale gas development worldwide stand to benefit from lessons learned in US shale gas operations and water management, according to a recent report from Accenture.

ConocoPhillips, Sinopec to study shale gas in Sichuan basin

Dec 28, 2012

Sinopec Exploration Southern Co. said it signed an agreement with ConocoPhillips for joint research regarding shale gas exploration, development, and production in Qijiang, Sichuan basin.

Jacos okays Hangingstone SAGD project

Dec 17, 2012

Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. (Japex) has approved commercial in situ development of its Hangingstone oil sands project south of Fort McMurray, Alta., by its consolidated subsidiary Japan Canada Oil Sands Ltd. (Jacos).

Paramount's Cavalier applies for Hoole SAGD project

Dec 17, 2012

Cavalier Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Paramount Resources Ltd., Calgary, has filed a regulatory application for the Hoole Grand Rapids project with the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.

Suncor's fourth Firebag phase starts up

Dec 13, 2012

Suncor Energy’s Firebag in situ production complex in the oil sands region of Alberta was producing 130,000 b/d of bitumen at the end of November following start-up of the project’s fourth phase.

UK government lifts hydraulic fracturing ban

Dec 13, 2012

The UK government lifted a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, opening the way for exploration and development of unconventional natural gas just days after UK Chancellor George Osborne announced a push for gas development in his Autumn Statement.

Chevron, Falcon to jointly explore South Africa Karoo basin

Dec 12, 2012

Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd., Dublin, has agreed to work exclusively with a South African affiliate of Chevron Corp. to seek unconventional exploration opportunities in the Karoo basin in South Africa.

Rosneft, ExxonMobil agree to joint Western Siberia tight oil pilot

Dec 7, 2012

Rosneft and ExxonMobil Corp. signed a pilot development agreement finalizing a previously announced joint project to assess the possibility of commercial production of tight oil at the Bazhenov and Achimov formations in Western Siberia.

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