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E & P News

2016

Oct 2016: State-run gas firm PGNiG and oil refiner PKN Orlen have given up on shale gas after 5 years of exploration and the exit of Chevron, Exxon Mobil and Total.

Jun 2016: Poland has imported its first commercial cargo of LNG at the Swinoujscie terminal from Qatar under a 20-year contract that Polish Gas and Oil Company (PGNiG) has with Qatargas.Poland wishes to diversify gas supplies and reduce dependence on pipeline imports from Russia. The LNG terminal is designed for up to 5 bcm of gas per year and there are plans to double capacity.

Feb 2016: Baltic Gas has made a progress in the development of the B4 and B6 gas fields in the Southern Baltic Sea. The project involves development of the fields via offshore production facilities, 110 kms of pipelines to shore and an onshore gas treatment plant. Baltic Gas is a partnership between CalEnergy (operator) and LOTOS.

2015

Oct 2015: The second-biggest oil refiner in Poland, Lotos, has launched test production at the B8 oil field in the Baltic Sea. B8 is planned to produce up to 5,000 bbls per day.

Sep 2015: The LNG import terminal in Swinoujscie will receive its first cargo by the end of 2015. Commercial operations will commence in the second quarter of 2016 with the plant initially able to regasify 5 Bcm each year.

Jan 2015: Chevron will stop exploring for shale gas. The opportunities no longer compete favourably with others, the company said in a statement. Exxon Mobil, Total and Marathon have also stopped shale gas exploration in Poland.

2014

Jul 2014: FX Energy plans to drill 5 wells during the rest of 2014 and book reserves from 2 Tuchola wells in the Edge License. In the Fences license the Baraniec-1 well is rigging up and site preparation is underway on the Karmin-1 well. The Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) is the operator of Fences with 51% along with FX (49%).

Jul 2014: Linc Energy has approval from the Polish Ministry of the Environment to commence an Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) project within its coal resource license near Krakow. During the first stage Linc will undertake gas production trials.

April 2014: Total has not renewed its  shale gas exploration licence. In March 2012 a government report cut  estimated shale gas reserves by 90%. A lack of a legal framework and poor drilling results then prompted Marathon, Talisman and Exxon Mobil to pull out. 3Legs Resources, partnered with ConocoPhillips, has proposed 3 shale test wells to be drilled in 2014. Chevron is also still operating in Poland.

Feb 2014: San Leon is to develop the Siekierki Gas Field with Baker Hughes, including Concessions 206, 207 and 208. The companies plan to start production from 4 wells, Trzek-1, Trzek-2ZH and Trzek-3H on the Siekierki structure and the nearby Krzesinki-1 well.

2013

Dec 2013: FX Energy has announced that the Szymanowice-1 well tested gas in a 28m section of the Rotliegend sandstone in the Lisewo area of the Fences concession. It will be the third new field discovery in the Lisewo area, located 3 kms SE of the Lisewo production facility where production began earlier in December.

Oct 2013: The Lisewo production facility and pipeline is scheduled begin production in November 2013. Initial production will be from the Lisewo-1 well, followed the Komorze-3 well. The Lisewo gas plant is located in the Fences concession where PGNiG is operator, owning 51% with FX Energy (49%).

Apr 2013: FX Energy has flowed gas with condensate from the Tuchola-3K well in north-central Poland from a Paleozoic dolomite. The company will conduct a full production test to determine commerciality. The discovery well, Tuchola-2, was drilled in 2001 by Apache. FX Energy is the operator of the Edge Concession and owns 100% of Tuchola and its four blocks, which cover 3,567 sq kms.

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