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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Alberta’s premier seeks more North American energy integration

Feb 5, 2015

Better policy integration and cooperation will be needed for Canada, Mexico, and the US to fully realize the North American energy renaissance’s potential, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice said. Unfortunately, trends are leading more toward fragmentation and confrontation, he warned.

Gazprom Neft starts shale oil production in western Siberian field

Feb 3, 2015

JSC Gazprom Neft reported start of shale oil production from the Bazhenov formation during tests of two wells in southern Priobskoye field in central western Siberia. Tests are planned for two other wells.

Syncrude sees additional $260-400 million in possible budget cuts

Feb 2, 2015

The estimate for capital expenditures has also been reduced to $451 million net to COS, which includes $104 million of remaining expenditures on major projects and incorporates $110 million in cost reductions.

BHI: Texas anchors 90-unit plunge in US rig count

Jan 30, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 90 units—a majority of which were in Texas—to settle at 1,543 rigs working during the week ended Jan. 30, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Victoria extends drilling, fracing ban

Jan 30, 2015

The new Victorian Labor government of premier Daniel Andrews has extended the coal seam gas (CSG) exploration and hydraulic fracturing ban in the state and launched another parliamentary inquiry.

Oxy cuts capital budget by a third

Jan 30, 2015

In the midst of falling oil prices, Occidental Petroleum Corp., Houston, expects to reduce its total capital spending for 2015 to $5.8 billion from $8.7 billion in 2014.

Cenovus trims additional $700 million from capital budget

Jan 28, 2015

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, will defer $700 million in additional capital expenditures originally planned for 2015 until crude oil prices recover, targeting a revised budget of $1.8-2 billion, the company says.

OGUK: Push to ban fracing in UK ‘ill-informed’

Jan 26, 2015

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s proposed amendment to the infrastructure bill that would introduce a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the UK is “ill-informed” and would derail industry and cross-party efforts to maximize economic recovery of oil and gas from the North Sea, Oil & Gas UK said on Jan. 26.

Pengrowth cuts capital spending due to declining oil prices

Jan 23, 2015

The recent “rapid” decline in world oil prices is the main reason given by Pengrowth Energy Corp., Calgary, for setting its 2015 capital budget at $200 million, 74% below its $770 million budget for 2014.

Wintershall: Shale gas controversy blocking conventional production

Jan 20, 2015

Wintershall Holding GMBH says natural gas production in Germany fell by about 6% in the past year, and controversy over shale gas and hydraulic fracturing is blocking conventional gas production.

Syncrude files applications for Mildred Lake extensions

Jan 20, 2015

Syncrude Canada Ltd. has filed applications with Alberta Energy Regulator for two extensions to the Mildred Lake oil sands production area.

Athabasca Oil promotes Broen to president

Jan 8, 2015

Athabasca Oil Corp., Calgary, has promoted Rob Broen to president. Broen has been chief operating officer and retains that title. Tom Buchanan continues as chief executive officer and chairman.

BHI: US rig count drops 109 units in last month

Jan 5, 2015

Again led by losses in Texas and California, the US drilling rig count dropped 29 units to settle at 1,811 units working during the week ended Jan. 2, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Encana to focus spending on four core shale assets in 2015

Dec 16, 2014

Encana Corp., Calgary, reported plans to spend $2.7-2.9 billion on its capital budget with roughly 80% of this total directed towards four of what the company is calling its “highest margin growth plays,” namely the Montney and Duvernay shale areas in Canada and the Eagle Ford and Permian areas in the US. Encana expects to generate about 75% of its 2015 cash flow from oil and liquids production.

Cenovus trims budget, slows oil sands work

Dec 16, 2014

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, is trimming its capital spending in response to declining crude oil prices and will slow development of some of its thermal oil sands projects in Alberta.

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