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

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.

Dart Energy sells China CBM project interest

Jul 15, 2013

A subsidiary of China Oil HBP Science & Technology Corp. Ltd. will buy the Chinese unit of Dart Energy Ltd., Brisbane, that holds a 50% interest in the Liulin coalbed methane production sharing contract in China for $20.8 million.

Lindbergh oil sands development approved

Jul 15, 2013

Pengrowth Energy Corp., Calgary, has received final regulatory approval for the first commercial phase of its Lindbergh thermal oil sands development near Bonnyville in east-central Alberta (OGJ Online, Aug. 6, 2012).

UK energy secretary promotes unconventional oil and gas

Jul 11, 2013

UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey told a parliamentary group that a public awareness campaign is needed to promote shale gas and dispel what he calls “myths” about hydraulic fracturing. He also said the government will promote unconventional oil and gas to the public.

Jackpine oil sands mine expansion advances

Jul 10, 2013

Shell Canada Energy, operator of the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) joint venture, has received conditional Alberta Energy Regulator approval for expansion of its Jackpine oil sands mine about 70 km north of Fort McMurray, Alta.

Santos GLNG, QCLNG projects ink deal for gas interconnect

Jul 8, 2013

Two of the coal seam gas-to-LNG schemes at Gladstone on Queensland’s central-west coast have inked a deal that will enable them to swap gas through two interconnection points if required.

Ukraine nine-stage frac could set European mark

Jul 5, 2013

Schlumberger has rigged up to conduct a nine-stage hydraulic frac job for JKX Oil & Gas PLC in Ukraine at what the companies believe may be the largest onshore frac in Europe to date.

Fracs, horizontal well possible in Poland Baltic basin

Jul 3, 2013

A UK company will conduct hydraulic fracs on conventional and unconventional formations at a well in Poland’s Baltic basin under a farmout from San Leon Energy PLC, Dublin.

Celtique Energie outlines unconventional drilling plans

Jul 1, 2013

Celtique Energie Ltd. of the UK has said it is planning to submit applications for permission to explore for unconventional oil in Weald basin near the village of Fernhurst in West Sussex.

Surge Energy to buy Saskatchewan tight oil assets from Cenovus

Jun 14, 2013

Surge Energy Inc. agreed to buy a tight oil asset in southern Saskatchewan from Cenovus Energy Inc. of Calgary for $240 million, with closing expected by mid-July, subject to normal closing conditions.

Shale gas exploration deal with Chevron pending, Ukraine official says

Jun 14, 2013

A tentative agreement has been reached between Ukraine officials and Chevron Corp. regarding exploration for shale natural gas in Oleska field in western Ukraine, Energy Minister Eduard Stavytsky told reporters in Kiev on June 13.

Centrica to buy stake in shale gas area from Cuadrilla

Jun 13, 2013

Centrica PLC bought a 25% interest in a license for the Bowland basin shale project in Lancashire, UK, from Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. and AJ Lucas for $62.6 million. Centrica owns British Gas.

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