Shale gas exploration status in Poland as of February 2015

The Ministry of the Environment announced the latest update on shale gas exploration concessions in Poland. The number of shale gas exploration and/or appraisal concessions has slightly decreased and is now equal to 51 (as of 1 February 2015). The concessions were awarded to 16 Polish and foreign entities (concession holders). In terms of concessions held, PGNiG is the leader with 12 concessions, followed by Orlen Upstream Sp. z o.o. with 8 of them and Lotos Petrobaltic SA with 7 offshore concessions.

Comparing with the last month, there are two less concessions:

  • Orlen Upstream relinquished its Hrubieszów Concession in the Lublin Province (in effect until 14 March 2016) ,
  • San Leon Praszka Sp. z o.o. abandoned the Praszka Concession, Łódz and Opole Provinces (in effect until 23 April 2015).

New shale gas exploration and/or appraisal concessions were not awarded.

Since 2010, 68 shale gas exploration wells, including 16 directional/horizontal ones, have been completed in Poland. One shale gas exploration well (Pęclin - OU1) is being drilled by Orlen Upstream Sp. z o.o. at Kąck, Wiązowna Commune (the Wołomin Concession).

In the past years, the progress of shale gas exploration drilling in Poland was as follows:

  • 2010 - 3 wells,
  • 2011 - 12 wells,
  • 2012 - 24 wells,
  • 2013 - 14 wells,
  • 2014 - 14 wells.

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 horizontal legs. DFIT (Diagnostic Fracture Injection Test) was performed in 4 wells. Special jobs are still to be made in 39 wells.


source: Ministerstwo Środowiska


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