Energy & Environment

Chevron Joins Hunt For Shale Gas in Southwestern Poland

The project aims to reduce Polish dependence on Russian energy supplies.

Polish natural gas company PGNiG has signed an agreement with Chevron to jointly hunt for shale gas in southwestern Poland, in order to speed up exploration.

Dependent on Russian imports, Poland wants to diversify its energy resources and is placing its hopes in its reportedly sizable shale gas deposits. Cameron Van Ast is a spokesman for Chevron’s European operations.

“Typically, when you go into an exploration play, it’s a five year program. There’s a lot of work that has to be done to get the permitting right, to get the seismic data to drill wells, then to interpret all of the data that you have before you can make a decision on the commerciality of a gas play. So, these are long-term exploration activities, and we really still are quite at the early stages here.”

Chevron and PGNiG will jointly assess gas deposits in their areas of operation and will exchange geological information, which is vital for choosing exploration sites. Such information is scarce in Poland, due to the small number of exploratory wells. The companies say cooperation will help cut their costs and risks.

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[Wikipedia/Richard Newell, US Energy Information Administration]

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