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Drilling began in Switzerland in 1949 and by 1990 around 30 wells had been drilled in the centre and north of the country in the plateau region. In 1980 the Entlebuch field was discovered in the Molasse Basin west of Lucerne.
From 1985, Entlebuch produced very small amounts of gas and condensate for local use. It was abandoned in 1998 although some gas is intermittently extracted. No other fields have been located in Switzerland and only a few further exploration wells have been drilled. It is doubtful that the small disrupted structures and poorly developed reservoirs in Switzerland’s Molasse basin could hold commercial volumes of hydrocarbons.
Conversely there is some potential for shale gas production from the same region and output of shale gas may begin in the long term. Otherwise Globalshift does not forecast any future production of oil or gas from the country.
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