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

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.

Porto Energy updates Lusitanian resource estimates

Feb 1, 2013

An independent resource evaluation of the seven Portugal concessions in which Porto Energy Corp., The Woodlands, Tex., maintains an interest indicates a Lower Jurassic Lias best estimate prospective resource of 366.8 million bbl of oil equivalent, nearly three times the previous estimate, the company noted.

MGM Energy spuds Canadian Canol-Bluefish exploratory well

Jan 28, 2013

MGM Energy Corp., Calgary, has spudded the East MacKay I-78 well targeting the Canol shale and Bluefish zone in the Central Mackenzie Valley of Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Partners sought to pursue Arckaringa basin shales

Jan 23, 2013

Linc Energy Ltd., Brisbane, will seek international partners with expertise and funding to explore and develop shale oil potential in the Arckaringa basin in South Australia, where consulting engineers identified formations that have total organic carbon, permeability, porosity, and thicknesses that compare favorably to the Bakken and Eagle Ford in the US.

Quebec Macasty shale core analysis encouraging

Jan 18, 2013

Core analyses from the Ordovician Macasty shale in two wells on Anticosti Island, Que., “are impressive and compare favorably with producing wells from the Utica formation that occurs in the Eastern Ohio region” and are “very positive indicators for the potential production of hydrocarbons from the Macasty formation,” said Corridor Resources Inc., Halifax.

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).

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