The Ministry of the Environment released the latest information about the status of shale gas exploration in Poland. A slight decrease in the number of shale gas exploration and/or appraisal concession was reported. As of 1 March 2015, there were 48 active concessions granted to 15 Polish and international holders belonging to 12 capital groups. PGNiG SA is the leader in terms of concessions held.
Orlen Upstream Sp. z o.o. holds 8 concessions and Lotos Petrobaltic SA 7 of them. All of the latter are offshore concessions.
Three concessions were relinquished in the last month:
- The Concession "192" held by PGNiG in the Mazowieckie and Kujawsko-Pomeranian Province,
- The "Trzebielino" Concession held by Indiana Investments Sp. z o.o. (BNK Petroleum Capital Group) in the Pomeranian Province,
- The "Iława" Concession held by Joyce Investments Sp. z o.o. (San Leon Energy plc and LNG Energy LTD).
There are no new shale gas exploration and/or appraisal concession awarded.
Since 2010, 69 shale gas exploration wells, including 16 directional/horizontal and 53 vertical ones, have been completed in Poland.
One exploratory well (Pęclin – OU1) is in drilling by Orlen Upstream Sp. z o.o. at Kąck in the Commune of Wiązowna (the Wołomin Concession).
In the past years, the progress of shale gas exploration drilling was as follows:
- 2010 - 3 wells,
- 2011 - 12 wells,
- 2012 - 24 wells,
- 2013 - 14 wells,
- 2014 - 15 wells,
- 2015 - 1 well.
Special jobs have been performed in some of the wells to initially assess the shale gas production potential. Hydraulic fracturing was performed in 25 wells (37% of all wells drilled), including 12 in horizontal legs. DFIT (Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test) was performed in 4 wells. Special jobs are still to be made in 40 wells.