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.

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Unocal Targets Coalbed Methane Resource North of Anchorage

Sep 6, 1999 In a new search for gas in Alaska, Unocal Corp. has turned its attention to coalbed methane (CBM), in the Matanuska Valley about 40 miles north of Anchorage.

Pipelines, 44 rigs facilitate Powder River basin coal gas play

Sep 20, 1999 Several dozen operators are forging ahead in the burgeoning Powder River basin coalbed methane play, one of the largest U.S. drilling programs in terms of number of wells.

Wyoming cowboys

May 8, 2000 Something new is going on in the Wyoming oil and gas sector, and it's not just coalbed methane (CBM).

China's coalbed methane industry development can benefit from US example

Jun 5, 2000 Perforation operations (above) are shown under way by a unit of Texaco Inc. on its joint-venture coalbed methane exploration project in China's Huaibei area. Photo by Jack Derickson, courtesy of Texaco.

Two British Columbia basins may be opened for exploration

Jun 26, 2000 British Columbia has proposed to open two new land basins for oil and gas exploration.

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Sep 11, 2000 $5/Mcf gas looms as US heat wave hampers gas injection
The surge in US cooling load demand as temperatures routinely topped 100° F. across much of the Sun Belt last week has weakened natural gas storage injections at a time when the pace of storage refill needs to remain robust if the Nov. 1 heating season onset target of 3 tcf is to be met.

COMPANY NEWS: US independents bolstering portfolios amid high gas prices

Jan 15, 2001 US independents, taking advantage of increased cash flow from higher commodity prices-particularly sustained higher natural gas prices-continue a buying spree of some sought-after assets.

Exploration sector bounces back in France, possessions

Feb 5, 2001 High oil prices last year pulled France's E&D scene out of its doldrums. Exploration investments that had not ceased decreasing since 1995 grew 55% to 85 million francs while development expenditure rose 59% to 457 million francs.

Production history provides CBM insights

Apr 2, 2001 A review of previous coalbed methane (CBM) case studies explains why some seams produce at ever increasing rates while others undergo production declines.

Exploratory-appraisal drilling surged outside North America in year 2000

Apr 16, 2001 World exploration and delineation drilling outside North America in 2000 was 20% higher than in 1999, IHS Energy Group estimates.

Area Drilling

Sep 17, 2001 Phillips Petroleum International Corp. Denmark said its Hejre-1 exploration well on License 5/98 in the northern Danish central graben found oil in sandstones of Late Jurassic age.

US coalbed methane resource estimates, issues aired

Sep 24, 2001 The US Geological Survey has slashed estimates of Uinta-Piceance basin coalbed methane resources, but substantially raised them for the Powder River basin.

Company News: PanCanadian, AEC to form EnCana in 'merger of equals'

Feb 4, 2002 Canadian independent oil and gas companies PanCanadian Energy Corp. and Alberta Energy Co. Ltd. (AEC) announced plans for a "merger of equals" that would form a company worth $27 billion (Can.).

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Mar 11, 2002 Global oil prices continued their bullish run last week amid speculation that Russia will continue its oil production cut of 150,000 b/d through June.

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Apr 15, 2002 US gasoline pump prices for spring and summer 2002 are expected to average $1.46/gal, about 8¢ lower than last year's average of $1.54/gal, according to new US Energy Information Admin- istration projections.
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