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

Petrobank works to boost Kerrobert output

Aug 13, 2013

Petrobank Energy & Resources Ltd., Calgary, is testing two strategies to expand the combustion zone and raise production in a pioneering thermal heavy-oil project in Saskatchewan.

Sunshine Oilsands starts strategic review

Aug 12, 2013

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Calgary, a development-stage company with 1.1 million acres under lease in the Athabasca region of Alberta, said it has begun a strategic review “with a view to progressing its oil sands development strategy and to preserving and maximizing shareholder value.”

Gazprom Neft expands W. Siberia shale oil research

Aug 9, 2013

Gazprom Neft has approved the continued study of shale oil reserves at the Bazheno-Abalaksky complex of the Palyanovskaya zone at Krasnoleninskoye field, which is being developed in Russia by Gazpromneft-Khantos.

Imperial, ExxonMobil Canada to buy Clyden stake

Aug 8, 2013

Imperial Oil Resources and ExxonMobil Canada will acquire the 100% interest held by ConocoPhillips in the 226,000-acre Clyden oil sands leasehold 150 km south of Fort McMurray, Alta., for about $751 million (Can.).

CERI notes oil-drilling tilt in W. Canada

Aug 6, 2013

New wells drilled in western Canada were profitable on average when they targeted oil but not when they sought natural gas last year, according to studies by the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).

Cenovus seeks oil sands project expansion

Aug 2, 2013

Cenovus FCCL Ltd. has filed applications for Phase J expansion at its Foster Creek thermal oil sands project 90 km north of Cold Lake, Alta.

Alberta cancels leases near Fort McMurray

Jul 30, 2013

To make room for urban development stimulated by oil sands development, the government of Alberta is cancelling 32 oil sands leases held by 10 companies around crowded Fort McMurray.

Madalena updates exploration on three Neuquen blocks

Jul 30, 2013

Madalena Ventures Inc., Calgary, has provided an update of activity aimed at unconventional and tight formations on blocks in which it holds interests in the Neuquen basin of Argentina.

Oil sands ramp-up boosts Cenovus second quarter

Jul 24, 2013

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, said it has achieved first heavy oil production last week from Phase E at its Christina Lake thermal project in Alberta and that the company’s overall oil sands production climbed 17% in the second quarter.

Solimar cuts thick, oily Temblor at San Joaquin well

Jul 22, 2013

Solimar Energy Ltd., Melbourne, said its Kreyenhagen Ranch 2-33 well in the northwestern San Joaquin basin in California has encountered more than 600 ft of Temblor formation heavy oil sands with oil present throughout.

UK outlines proposed tax break for shale gas

Jul 19, 2013

The UK government outlined a proposed tax regime for shale gas, including a new shale gas allowance based on existing field allowances for oil and gas production.

Primrose bitumen leaks prompt restrictions

Jul 18, 2013

The Alberta Energy Regulator has ordered Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. to restrict steam injection and take other precautions at its Primrose and Wolf Lake high-pressure, cyclic steam stimulation (CSS) project in the Cold Lake region of Alberta.

Schuepbach Energy files appeal in France

Jul 18, 2013

The Constitutional Council of France will consider an appeal of France’s ban on shale gas exploration using hydraulic fracturing. Dallas-based Schuepbach Energy LLC, which held two exploration permits in France that were canceled, is contesting the ban.

Connacher: Solvent boosts SAGD test flow

Jul 18, 2013

Connacher Oil & Gas Ltd. raised bitumen production and lowered steam injection rates in a test of a proprietary method for enhancing steam-assisted gravity drainage with injection of solvent at its Algar oil sands development in Alberta (OGJ Online, Nov. 16, 2012).

Chevron, YPF sign development agreement for Vaca Muerta shale

Jul 16, 2013

A subsidiary of Chevron Corp. signed an agreement with affiliates of Argentina’s YPF SA that will move forward shale oil and gas resource development from the Vaca Muerta formation in Argentina’s Neuquen province.

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