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

Cenovus starts production from Phase F at Foster Creek oil sands project

Sep 19, 2014

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, started oil production earlier this month at its recently completed Phase F expansion at its Foster Creek oil sands project in western Canada. Phase F is expected to add 30,000 b/d of capacity, with production ramping up over the next 12-18 months.

Andora Sawn Lake SAGD pilot begins bitumen production

Sep 18, 2014

Andora Energy Corp. has recompleted its pilot steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) well in Sawn Lake, Alta., and expects a stable bitumen production rate and steam oil ratio over the next 2 months.

AAPG ICE: Seismic reprocessing enhances potential for Russia’s legacy basins

Sep 17, 2014

Russia’s Precaucus and Uralian Foreland basins are the oldest and most developed oil and gas producing regions in the country. As the “birthplace” of Russia’s oil industry, the Precaucus was first developed in the late 19th century. Production improved rapidly after 1920 and entered steep decline after 1970.

API official calls for end to nearly 6-year Keystone XL permit delay

Sep 16, 2014

Three days before the sixth anniversary of TransCanada Corp.’s original filing for presidential approval of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s cross-border permit application, an American Petroleum Institute official said the Obama administration is catering to a small minority at the expense of the US national interest and the wishes of the vast majority of ordinary Americans.

AAPG ICE: Turkey sees early shale oil development

Sep 15, 2014

Turkey is slightly larger than the state of Texas geographically, yet the country has only seen 4,400 wells drilled since 1940. While Texas’ oil history goes back much further, the state has seen more than 1.5 million wells drilled through 2013. “Turkey is largely unexplored,” said Lee Muncy, vice-president, geosciences at TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd., during the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition

AAPG ICE: ExxonMobil outlines international approach to unconventional development

Sep 15, 2014

Global energy demand is expected to increase 35% to 2040, translating to 120 billion boe/year, or nearly 350 million boe/d, stated Rocky Becker, vice-president, Europe-Caspian-Russia at ExxonMobil Exploration Co.

Surmont files OSCA application with AER for Wildwood oil sands project

Sep 12, 2014

Surmont Energy Ltd., Calgary, has submitted an Oil Sands Conservation Act application with Alberta Energy Regulator for its Wildwood steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD) project.

Alon advances Bakersfield refinery, rail project

Sep 10, 2014

California state regulators have approved Alon USA Energy Inc. to move ahead with a plan designed to expand existing receiving and processing options for North American shale light crude oils at its 70,000-b/d Bakersfield refinery.

Nova Scotia prohibits hydraulic fracturing

Sep 4, 2014

The government of Nova Scotia has imposed an indefinite ban on hydraulic fracturing onshore.

Petronas, YPF sign $550 million development deal for Vaca Muerta

Aug 28, 2014

Malaysia’s state-run Petronas signed a $550 million agreement with YPF SA, Buenos Aires, on Aug. 28 in Kuala Lumpur detailing terms and conditions for the development of oil from the giant Vaca Muerta shale in Argentina’s Neuquen province.

TSB report outlines ‘multitude of factors’ behind Lac-Megantic train derailment

Aug 20, 2014

A multitude of factors led to July 6 derailment of a runaway train in Lac Megantic, Que., carrying 72 carloads of Bakken crude oil bound for Irving Oil Ltd.’s refinery in Saint John, NB, according to an investigation report released Aug. 19 by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).

Canadian firms plan BC gas plant, target LNG export

Aug 19, 2014

AltaGas Ltd. and Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd., both of Calgary, have agreed to develop processing and marketing of natural gas and NGLs for Painted Pony’s liquids-rich Montney gas production in northeast British Columbia.

ConocoPhillips, Enap sign deal to study unconventional oil, gas in Chile

Aug 6, 2014

ConocoPhillips and Chile’s state oil company Empresa Nacional del Petroleo (Enap) have signed a technical agreement to jointly conduct geological, geophysical, and engineering studies to determine the potential for unconventional hydrocarbon resources in the Magallanes region in southern Chile.

IEA: Global unconventional oil revolution to launch by decade’s end

Jun 17, 2014

By 2019, tight oil supply outside the US could reach 650,000 b/d, including 390,000 b/d from Canada, 100,000 b/d from Russia, and 90,000 b/d from Argentina, the International Energy Agency forecasts in its annual 5-year Oil Market Outlook released June 17.

Sinopec, FTSI form JV to tap China’s unconventional resources

Jun 11, 2014

Sinopec Group has entered into a 15-year joint venture agreement with FTS International (FTSI), Ft. Worth, with the intention of tapping into China’s vast unconventional resources.

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