Status of shale gas exploration projects, as of September 2014

The Ministry of the Environment released the latest information on the status of shale gas exploration in Poland (as of 1 September 2014). Sixty six wells shale gas exploration wells have been drilled so far. There are 68 active concessions.

Since 2010, 66 shale gas exploration wells, including 15 horizontal legs, have been drilled in Poland. There are no current shale gas drilling operations. PGNiG S.A. completed the drilling of its  Bedomin-1 Well (Stara Kiszewa Concession, Pomeranian Province) in August.

The number of shale gas exploration wells drilled in Poland in particular years is as follows:

  • 2010 - 3 wells,
  • 2011 - 12 wells,
  • 2012 - 24 wells,
  • 2013 - 14 wells,
  • 2014 (by 1 September) - 13 wells.

Currently, there are 68 active hydrocarbon (including shale gas) exploration and/or appraisal concessions in Poland. The concessions have been awarded to 25 Polish and foreign concession holders that are members of 15 capital groups. Four exploration concessions were relinquished in the past month, namely:

  • Concession No. 9/2013/p - Block C (offshore), Investor: Baltic Energy Resources Sp. z o.o.,
  • Concession No. 35/2011/p - Chodel (Lublin Province), Investor Silurian Sp. z o.o.,
  • Concession No. 36/2011/p - Maków Mazowiecki (Mazowieckie Province), Investor Silurian Sp. z o.o.,
  • Concession No. 34/2011/p - Grudziądz (Kujawsko – pomorskie Province), Investor Eco Energy 2010 Sp. z o.o.

It is planned to drill 4 shale gas exploration wells in the near future:

  • Zwierzyniec-2 Well in the Szczebrzeszyn Commune, Zamość District, Lublin Province; at Zwierzyniec Concession, Investor: Chevron Polska Energy Resources Sp. z o.o.,
  • Jackowo LEP-1 (LEP-1ST1H) in the Choczewo Commune, Wejherowo District, Pomeranian Province, Lębork Concession, Investor: Lane Energy Poland Sp. z o.o.,
  • Lewino-2h Well in the Linia Commune, Wejherowo District, Pomeranian Province, Gdańsk W Concession, Investor: Baltic Oil&Gas Sp. z o.o., and
  • Majdan Sopocki-1 Well in the Susiec Commune, Tomaszow Lubelski District, Lublin Province, Tomaszów Lubelski Concession, Investor: PGNiG S.A.

Special tests have been performed in some of the wells to initially assess the potential for shale gas production. Twenty four wells (36% of all boreholes drilled), including 11 horizontal legs, have been fracture stimulated. In the August of 2014 Lane Energy Poland Sp. z o.o. fracture stimulated its Lublewo LEP-1ST1H Well. It is the most extensive fracturing project ever made in Poland.

Diagnostic Fracture Injection Tests have been performed in 4 wells. Thirty eight wells are still to be tested.






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