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

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.

Osum to purchase Orion project from Shell for $325 million (Can.)

Jun 11, 2014

Osum Oil Sands Corp., Calgary, plans to purchase the Orion oil sands project in Alberta from Shell Canada for $325 million (Can.).

CAPP eases outlook for Canadian oil output

Jun 10, 2014

Oil production in Canada will increase at an average rate of 175,000 b/d/year through 2030—but not to as high a level as was forecast a year ago, reports the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Lukoil, Total form JV for tight-oil pilot in Western Siberia

May 23, 2014

Russia’s OAO Lukoil and France’s Total SA have formed a joint venture for a pilot project for exploration and development of tight-oil reserves in the Bazhenov play in Western Siberia.

Keyera takes stake in Enbridge Athabasca diluent line

May 20, 2014

Keyera Corp. has agreed with Enbridge Pipelines (Athabasca) Inc. to participate in the Norlite Pipeline as a 30% nonoperating owner. The Norlite Pipeline will move diluent for producers from the Edmonton-Fort Saskatchewan area into the Athabasca oil sands region.

Mayer Brown: Brazil reexamines its presalt policies

May 15, 2014

Brazil’s government is considering proposals to open operatorship of its presalt projects to companies other than state-run Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras), and this change might be made, Mayer Brown partner Alexandre R. Chequer told the law’s firm’s annual energy conference in Houston on May 15.

Sen. Hoeven submits updated Keystone XL approval bill

May 1, 2014

US Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) submitted a fresh bill that would bypass the White House and congressionally approve the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline’s cross-border permit.

Statoil drills, cases Southern Georgina basin exploration well

Apr 28, 2014

Statoil Australia Theta BV has successfully drilled and cased the OzAlpha-1 well in exploration permit 104 in the Southern Georgina basin of Australia’s Northern Territory.

ConocoPhillips raises estimates on Eagle Ford recoverable resources, production

Apr 11, 2014

ConocoPhillips has increased its estimated resource base in the Eagle Ford play to 2.5 billion bbl of oil in place from 1.8 billion bbl, as well as its estimated production from current volumes to more than 250,000 boe/d by 2017.

Chevron, YPF to continue Vaca Muerta development

Apr 10, 2014

Chevron Corp. and YPF SA, Buenos Aires, will continue development of Argentina’s Vaca Muerta shale formation. Chevron says it will build off the progress of its 2013 drilling program with YPF, investing in large-scale drilling and production in the 96,000-acre Loma Campana concession.

CNPC, Shell strengthen global cooperation

Apr 10, 2014

China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) and Royal Dutch Shell PLC have reached an agreement to deepen their strategic partnership by increasing cooperation in the development of both companies’ global projects.

PGNiG, Chevron reach Poland shale gas exploration agreement

Apr 1, 2014

Polish state-owned PGNiG has entered into a collaboration agreement with Chevron Polska Energy Resources for the first stage of shale gas exploration in four licenses in southeastern Poland.

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