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

Study upgrades Hoole oil sands resource

Jan 10, 2013

Cavalier Energy Inc. has received an independent assessment of its Hoole oil sands leases in Alberta indicating probable reserves of 93 million bbl of recoverable bitumen in sections for which it is seeking approval for in situ development (OGJ Online, Dec. 17, 2012).

Accenture: US shale gas operations offers lessons for other countries

Jan 3, 2013

Countries embarking on shale gas development worldwide stand to benefit from lessons learned in US shale gas operations and water management, according to a recent report from Accenture.

ConocoPhillips, Sinopec to study shale gas in Sichuan basin

Dec 28, 2012

Sinopec Exploration Southern Co. said it signed an agreement with ConocoPhillips for joint research regarding shale gas exploration, development, and production in Qijiang, Sichuan basin.

Jacos okays Hangingstone SAGD project

Dec 17, 2012

Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. (Japex) has approved commercial in situ development of its Hangingstone oil sands project south of Fort McMurray, Alta., by its consolidated subsidiary Japan Canada Oil Sands Ltd. (Jacos).

Paramount's Cavalier applies for Hoole SAGD project

Dec 17, 2012

Cavalier Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Paramount Resources Ltd., Calgary, has filed a regulatory application for the Hoole Grand Rapids project with the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.

Suncor's fourth Firebag phase starts up

Dec 13, 2012

Suncor Energy’s Firebag in situ production complex in the oil sands region of Alberta was producing 130,000 b/d of bitumen at the end of November following start-up of the project’s fourth phase.

UK government lifts hydraulic fracturing ban

Dec 13, 2012

The UK government lifted a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, opening the way for exploration and development of unconventional natural gas just days after UK Chancellor George Osborne announced a push for gas development in his Autumn Statement.

Chevron, Falcon to jointly explore South Africa Karoo basin

Dec 12, 2012

Falcon Oil & Gas Ltd., Dublin, has agreed to work exclusively with a South African affiliate of Chevron Corp. to seek unconventional exploration opportunities in the Karoo basin in South Africa.

Rosneft, ExxonMobil agree to joint Western Siberia tight oil pilot

Dec 7, 2012

Rosneft and ExxonMobil Corp. signed a pilot development agreement finalizing a previously announced joint project to assess the possibility of commercial production of tight oil at the Bazhenov and Achimov formations in Western Siberia.

Cooper basin well cuts thick unconventional gas pay

Nov 29, 2012

Senex Energy Ltd., Brisbane, said its Kingston Rule-1 unconventional gas exploratory well in Australia’s southern Cooper basin encountered 53 m of net gas pay in tight sands and 170 m of shale and coal in various formations in the Early Permian section.

Athabasca Oil Corp. reports strong Duvernay results

Nov 28, 2012

Athabasca Oil Corp. reported strong test results in the Duvernay shale play in west-central Alberta, and AOC said a better understanding of the shale’s fracture characteristics has enabled the company to evolve its hydraulic fracturing techniques.

Operator okays Hangingstone SAGD project

Nov 28, 2012

The board of directors of Athabasca Oil Corp. has sanctioned the Hangingstone 1 steam-assisted gravity drainage oil sands project in the southern Athabasca region of Alberta and approved a $536 million (Can.) development budget for it (OGJ Online, Oct. 4, 2012).

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.

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