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

Syncrude lets oil sands tailings contracts

Nov 21, 2012

Syncrude Canada Ltd. has let two contracts to KBR for module fabrication and field construction of a full-scale plant for processing tailings from its oil sands mines northeast of Fort McMurray, Alta.

Laricina seeks single-well SAGD at Saleski

Nov 13, 2012

Laricina Energy Ltd. has amended its application for first-phase commercial development of its Saleski oil sands acreage in Alberta to use cyclic steam-assisted gravity drainage in a single horizontal well.

Talisman defers investing in Quebec's shale gas

Oct 30, 2012

Talisman Energy Inc. has decided against committing any more near-term investment for shale gas exploration in Quebec, the Calgary-based company said in comments about its quarterly financial statement.

Marathon Oil ponders partial sale of Athabasca oil sands stake

Oct 24, 2012

Marathon Oil Corp. is discussing a potential sale of part of its 20% outside-operated interest in the Athabasca oil sands project in Alberta, and it also is expanding its holdings in the South Texas Eagle Ford shale play through one completed acquisition and one pending acquisition.

Baytex buys oil sands acreage, plans pilot

Oct 4, 2012

Baytex Energy Corp., Calgary, plans to begin pilot thermal recovery project next year on oil sands acreage it has acquired in the Cold Lake region of northeastern Alberta.

AOC expects Hangingstone oil sands okay

Oct 4, 2012

Athabasca Oil Corp., Calgary, expects to receive approval to proceed with its Hangingstone Project 1 in situ oil sands development in the southern Athabasca region of Alberta (OGJ Online, Sept. 13, 2010).

Cenovus to acquire Oilsands Quest leases

Oct 3, 2012

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, has received court approval to buy the remaining assets of Oilsands Quest, which is being restructured under the Canadian Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, for $10 million.

Williams to provide gas processing in Canada's oil sands

Sep 27, 2012

Williams Cos. Inc., Tulsa, has signed a gas processing agreement with a producer in the Canadian oil sands, according to a company announcement that did not name the producer. OGJ data, however, suggest it is Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Calgary.

Riverstone Holdings to invest in Kerogen Energy Holdings

Sep 27, 2012

Riverstone Holdings LLC has committed to invest as much as $200 million in Kerogen Energy Holdings LLC, which is focused on US and Canada onshore unconventional oil and liquids exploration and production.

Connacher's Great Divide expansion okayed

Sep 26, 2012

Connacher Oil & Gas Ltd. has received approval from the Energy Resources Conservation Board of Alberta for an expansion of thermal production of bitumen from its delayed Great Divide Oil Sands acreage 70 km south of Fort McMurray.

Turkish well misses Dadas shale, has shallower shows

Sep 26, 2012

Anatolia Energy Corp., Calgary, said the Guvenir-1 well in Turkey found no evidence of the Silurian Dadas shale but intersected a younger section with hydrocarbon shows.

Winstar sees gas potential in Tunisian hot shale

Sep 12, 2012

Winstar Resources Ltd., Calgary, said an external study indicates vast gas potential in the Silurian Tannezuft hot shale in southern Tunisia as the company engaged a consultant to evaluate potential strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value.

Osum's Taiga heavy oil project approved

Sep 12, 2012

Osum Oil Sands Corp., Calgary, has received approval of its Taiga thermal heavy oil project near Bonnyville in the Cold Lake region of Alberta from the Energy Resources Conservation Board.

South Africa may lift Karoo shale exploration ban

Sep 8, 2012

South Africa’s government appeared ready this week to lift a moratorium on shale gas drilling in the vast Karoo region.

Shell okays Quest CCS project in Alberta

Sep 5, 2012

Shell Canada Ltd. has approved construction of the first commercial carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the Canadian oil sands producing region (OGJ Online, July 12, 2012).

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