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Lane Energy is confident its project will end in success.
Canadian energy exploration company Lane Energy, a subsidiary of the 3Legs Resources group, last week spudded the countryâ€™s first shale gas test well in ÅebieÅ„, close to LÄ™bork in the Pomorze region. It is the first company to carry out this kind of exploration in Poland.
â€œLane Energy Poland is very pleased to announce that [vertical] drilling of the ÅebieÅ„ LE1 well has commenced,â€ the company said in a statement. The firm also said it would likely reach its target depth in six to eight weeks.
Chevron has acquired exploration rights for four shale gas concessions in southeastern Poland, the U.S. oil giant said in a recent SEC filing, joining other international companies in the hunt for unconventional gas reserves in Europe in the hopes of duplicating the production boom in the U.S.
The need in Europe to reduce dependence on imported gas, especially from Russia, is spurring efforts to tap shale gas and coal-bed methane using new technologies that have proven successful in U.S. production.
US know-how could quicken development of shale-gas extraction technologies in Europe, while Poland's hopes for the technology rise.
Europe can learn much from the US about how to use its shale-gas sources, according to Halliburton's expert on unconventional resources.
Speaking at the III CE Gas Summit 2010 about whether US shale-gas developmant could be cloned in Europe, Reinhard Pongratz said that using US know-how could significantly shorten Europe's learning curve.
For some time there has been various reports in the media about the resources of the unconventional gas in our country. They differ from each other quite significantly, but the involvement of companies such as ExxonMobil and Chevron suggests that these figures are closer to the upper than the lower limits of the range.