The Dziennik Polski daily has announced that a shale gas and oil exploration project is to be launched in Wadowice and Andrychów Communes (West Małopolska Region) early in 2015. A consortium of academia, scientific research institutes and E&P companies is to deliver the project. The objective of the project is to carry out scientific research only, at least in the initial phase.
The Consortium will study the potential for shale gas and oil occurrence and production in the Carpathian Mountains. So far, this region has been considered as a poor prospect in terms of shale gas and oil potential for reasons that include difficult geological conditions.
According to Dziennik Polski, the Consortium is to test adequate technologies for effective shale gas and oil production in geological conditions that prevail in Poland. Mirosław Rutkowski of Polish Geological Institute – NRI emphasized that is a key issue, considering a mixed success of the U.S. technologies in Poland.
Dziennik Polski noted that unconventional oil and gas exploration in the Carpathian Mountains are to be funded primarily from the central government budget. Companies that are Consortium members (PGNiG and PKN Orlen) will contribute mainly with equipment and know-how.
As of 1 December 2014, there were no concessions for unconventional gas or oil exploration/production in the Małopolska Province.
source: Dziennik Polski