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

Watching Government: Studying CBM water

Aug 16, 2010 Regulatory framework complications, and not water quality, limit effective management of produced water from coalbed methane wells in five western US basins, a new National Research Council (NRC) report concluded.

FACTS: China to top Japan in gas imports

Aug 23, 2010 China will surpass Japan as Asia's largest natural gas importer through a combination of LNG and pipeline gas in 5-10 years, according to FACTS Global Energy Group in an August report.

China wants to hasten coalbed methane development

Sep 6, 2010 China began exploring for and using coalbed methane in the 1990s, but the proven portion of the resource was still very low at the end of 2009, a study by FACTS Global Energy, Singapore, has concluded.

WoodMac: Indonesia's coalbed methane potential looms

Sep 27, 2010 The fledgling coalbed methane industry in Indonesia eventually could deliver as much as 15% of Indonesia's gas supply needs, a recent report from Wood Mackenzie Ltd. says.

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Sep 27, 2010

WoodMac: Majors buying into shale gas plays

Oct 11, 2010 North American large caps and smaller exploration and production companies now dominate the largest and most economically attractive US shale plays, but the majors and large cap foreign firms are moving in through mergers and acquisitions, said Wood Mackenzie Ltd., Edinburgh, in its latest corporate analysis.

Fruitland to Barnett to…

Oct 25, 2010 Have all of the large shale gas and oil fields in the US been found, as one chief executive officer claimed in mid-October?

Slide seen in Cherokee basin coalbed methane output

Nov 1, 2010 Coalbed methane production from the Cherokee basin in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma appears to be dropping from peaks in 2008 in Kansas and 2006 in Oklahoma.

Report: Imports, unconventional gas to meet surging Chinese gas demand

Dec 13, 2010 In a prewinter analysis of Chinese natural gas demand for the 2010-11 heating season, Poten & Partners, New York, reports that the country's National Development and Reform Commission had demanded a 20% increase in gas supplies to avoid a recurrence of last winter's shortages.

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Dec 27, 2010

Exploration/Development Briefs

Dec 27, 2010

Indonesia: CBM Asia to join Kalimantan coal gas block

Jan 26, 2012

CBM Asia Development Corp., Vancouver, BC, has signed a heads of agreement with PT Tranaco Utama, a private Indonesian company that holds first rights to undertake a production sharing contract for a 1,500 sq km coalbed methane block in Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Grizzly to buy, develop oil sands acreage

Feb 1, 2012

Grizzly Oil Sands UIC has agreed to buy Petrobank Energy & Resources Ltd.’s May River oil sands acreage in northern Alberta and plans to develop it with modular steam-assisted gravity drainage technology.

MEG Energy's Christina Lake reserves up 17%

Feb 2, 2012

MEG Energy, Calgary, said an independent analysis boosted its proved reserves of bitumen in the Christina Lake area of Alberta’s southern Athabasca region by 17% last year to 708 million bbl.

Ukraine: KUB-Gas to evaluate two zones at Makeevskoye

Feb 6, 2012

KUB-Gas LLC has spudded the Makeevskoye-21 well in the Dnieper-Donets basin in northeastern Ukraine.

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