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

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.

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.

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