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

Australian coalbed methane fields can yield lessons for US shale producers

Apr 1, 2015

The rapid growth in unconventional fuels–ranging from shale oil and gas to coalbed methane–has dramatically increased the complexity of field development and production management.

Veresen Midstream completes acquisition of Montney assets

Apr 1, 2015

Veresen Midstream LP has completed its acquisition of certain natural gas gathering and compression assets supporting development in the Montney area of northeastern British Columbia from Encana Corp. and Cutbank Ridge Partnership for $461 million (Can.).

NEB sees growth in bitumen production through 2018

Mar 31, 2015

Despite budget cuts for oil sands projects, Canada’s National Energy Board reports the potential of an additional 1 million b/d through 2018. Current bitumen production is less than 2.5 million b/d.

Chevron Canada applies with AER for 32 wells in Fox Creek area

Mar 30, 2015

Chevron Canada Resources has filed an application with Alberta Energy Regulator to drill 32 wells in the Duvernay formation in the Fox Creek area.

Chevron exits Cooper basin unconventional gas project

Mar 30, 2015

Chevron Corp. has pulled out of the Nappameri Trough unconventional gas project in the Cooper basin, leaving other joint venture partners Beach Energy Ltd. and Icon Energy Ltd. to go it alone.

Delayed West Ells SAGD project to start up this summer

Mar 27, 2015

Full first steam from the West Ells thermal oil sands project in the Athabasca region of Alberta is slated to commence in late June, with production launch in September.

BHI: US rig count decline smallest in 15 weeks

Mar 27, 2015

The US drilling rig count dropped just 21 units to settle at 1,048 rigs working during the week ended Mar. 27, representing the smallest decline in 15 weeks, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Canadian oil industry jobs, revenues plunge

Mar 26, 2015

The Canadian oil industry will shed nearly 8,000 jobs this year as revenues fall by $43 billion (Can.) in response to the plunge in oil prices, predicts the Conference Board of Canada.

Nexen to cut 400 jobs in North America, UK

Mar 18, 2015

Nexen Energy ULC, a wholly owned subsidiary of CNOOC Ltd., has reported organizational changes that will result in the reduction of 340 jobs in North America and 60 jobs in the UK, spurred by the decline in crude oil prices.

Quicksilver files for bankruptcy protection, plans to continue operations

Mar 18, 2015

Quicksilver Resources Inc., Ft. Worth, and its US subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware amid the industry-wide fallout from depressed crude oil prices. Operations across the company’s subsidiaries are expected to continue through the Chapter 11 process.

Alberta introduces oil sands environmental requirements

Mar 16, 2015

Alberta introduced new requirements to control tailings ponds and regulate water use from the Athabasca River as part of the Canadian province’s efforts to reduce oil sands development impacts.

Prosper files OSCA application for Rigel oil sands project

Mar 13, 2015

Prosper Petroleum Ltd., Calgary, has filed an Oil Sands Conservation Act application with Alberta Energy Regulator for the Rigel oil sands project.

Oil Climate Index measures 30 global crudes’ environmental impacts

Mar 12, 2015

Researchers at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stanford University, and the University of Calgary unveiled the first Oil Climate Index to compare various crude oils’ environmental impacts from the wellhead to the consumer.

Husky reports start of production from Sunrise oil sands project

Mar 11, 2015

Husky Energy Inc., Calgary, reported the start of production at the first of two 30,000-b/d plants at the in situ Sunrise Oil Sands Project in northeastern Alberta.

API is examining dilbit’s environmental impacts when released

Mar 10, 2015

The American Petroleum Institute is studying the properties of diluted bitumen (dilbit) and expects to develop findings about how oil sands crude behaves when it is accidentally released, API Pipeline Director Peter Lidiak told a National Academies hearing on the same subject.

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