Friday, July 10, 2009

Exxon Discovers Canadian-Sized Gas Prize

Folks... you thought shale gas was big. You've been impressed by the America's jump in gas reserves - a prelude, to be precise. You've been impressed with the size of shale fields, that we have a 100-year supply of gas, that the whole world now wants to learn from our success. Folks... this isn't going to end anytime soon.

Congratulations, Canada. The Horn River Field, it turns out, may be the best shale play in N America:

Exxon is most encouraged by the exploration of 250,000 acres it has leased in the Horn River Basin, in northern British Columbia. Mr. Cejka said results from the first four wells lead the company to conclude that each well will produce between 16 million and 18 million cubic feet of gas a day.

That's five times the size of average wells in Texas's Barnett shale and comparable to big wells in Louisiana's Haynesville shale, two major shale-gas fields that already have moved the U.S. natural-gas market from scarcity to abundance.

Though Exxon is better known as the nation's largest oil company, "We are really interested in shale gas," Mr. Cejka said, detailing the company's push into the energy-exploration business, which was once dominated by scrappy independent companies.


Other energy companies also are excited about the Horn River field. "This may be the best shale play in North America," said Michael Graham, an executive vice president at EnCana Corp., a Calgary company that already has a big Horn River presence. Mr. Graham said EnCana's latest wells are approaching Exxon's in terms of initial production.

Exxon's Mr. Cejka said that his company also has pieced together substantial leases in prospective shale-gas formations in Germany, Hungary and Poland, and is still adding acreage. Tests on two wells in Hungary, where Exxon and partners hold 400,000 acres, are expected this year. It will be the first time the shale there has been tested.

"Depending on how that goes, we'll either be patting ourselves on the back or walking away," Mr. Cejka said.

The company also plans 10 wells on 750,000 acres it holds in northern German's Lower Saxony Basin this year to better study the geology.

- Brewskie


  1. Now I'm actually pissed I believed in the doomer crap for a couple of years.
    I wonder how many people lost shitloads of money in the oil bubble.
    Nat gas will probably be added to the water soon because it'll be so cheap they need to get rid of it.
    After that gas to liquids will mean we're all driving hummers again.
    Damn I feel like a clown.

  2. Holy effing toledo. Holy Moly. We got gas everywhere, and motor vehicles can run on NG. Okay, so how does doom play into this?
    The new doom scenario: We all fall down and cry, and do not develop natural gas because we are crying, and then we are crying because we run out of energy and die.
    DB: Hey, back in 1979 I read "Limits to Growth" and was hooked on doomerism. A lot of "smart" people were. It happens. The question is whether you keep thinking about the topic and keep an open mind. Obviously you did.

  3. DB,

    There's no shame in your former beliefs. Many "Captains of Industry" in the doomer community are good at catching fish unfamiliar with details of technical topics (as you can see, the doomers themselves don't have a clear understanding of topics they yank your chain with).

    By demonstrating an open mind and coming to grips to the half-truths and rubbish doomer bile, you've already proven smarter than the other grizzled, hardened veterans of the PO community.

  4. B. Cole,

    Limits to Growth? Yup, just like the Population Bomb, Lance Chance Energy Book and Peak Everything... they're all the same.