Monday, May 20, 2013

Shale Compendium: North Africa

  • Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika “wants to import technology for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to tap the potential of shale” (Bloomberg)
  • Algeria passed new hydrocarbon law, in March 2013, allowing shale exploration and incentivizing foreign investment in shale development (Natural Gas Europe)
  • Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines, Youcef Yousfi expressed his plans to develop Algeria’s shale gas sector into energy reserves, and stated "We hope to develop partnerships with all interested stakeholders who have the required technological expertise to develop these resources in our country" (Al-Monitor Middle East)
  • Algeria's Sonatrach partnered with Eni SpA for the development of unconventional gas with a focus on shale in Algeria. Sonatrach evaluating shale potential and conducting studies in partnership with Eni, Talisman, Shell, and Anadarko. Eni has drilled a first test well. (Rigzone E&P News; Economist Industry Briefing) 

  • Tunisia Industry Ministry asserted “Tunisia is mulling over producing shale gas to meet its growing domestic demand and the expected drop in traditional oil stock.”  Tunisian government plans to grant Royal Dutch Shell an unconventional exploration permit. (Tunis News)
  • Tunisia awarded a 5 year oil exploration permit to YNG to conduct seismic testing and drill test wells in the southern region of Tunisia (PennEnergy)
  • Cygam Energy and Chinook Energy hold permits in the Ghadames shale. Cygam has drilled exploration and appraisal wells. (World Oil 2012)
  • Winstar resource evaluation indicates high gas potential in the Silurian Tannezuft hot shale (Oil & Gas Journal)

  • Companies targeting both conventional and unconventional exploration onshore Morocco include Repsol, Anadarko, EOG, Vermillion, San Leon, Longreach, Circle Oil and Gulfsands (Industry Note Pura Vida Energy)
  • ARI estimates Morocco to have 68Tcf or risked shale gas and 11 Tcf of technically recoverable shale gas. (EIA World Shale Gas)
  • San Leon Energy got encouraging results from its initial study of Tarfaya Oil shale performed by Enefit Outotec Technology (Energy Pedia 2013)

  • National Oil Corporation Chairman Nuri Berruien: “Gas has never been a priority for us, but it is now.  We may have some of the most important shale gas deposits in the world.” (Rigzone E&P News)

  • Committee for shale gas exploration formed to gather data and information on unconventional resources in Egypt, composed of government representatives and companies. (Rigzone E&P News)


Written by Anna Leonenko, Research Fellow
Penn State Law, Agricultural Law Center
May 2013

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