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5th Shale Gas World Europe Conference & Exhibition

5th Shale Gas World Europe Conference & Exhibition


25-26 November 2014


EXPO XXI Centre, Warsaw, Poland


What is Shale Gas World?

The 5th annual event will welcome over 750 attendees and connect shale gas operators with local and national governments, European authorities, license holders, investors, and solution providers.

Shale Gas World Europe will allow you to meet and do business with the largest gathering of Europe’s unconventional pioneers and help develop the future of shale operations across the continent.


  • Engage with operators and regulators during the round table discussions
  • Understand how industry experts believe the European shale industry will develop
  • Hear in-depth interviews with senior representatives from operators across Europe
  • Meet and connect personally with C-level executives



  • Explore the latest technologies and services for a growing industry
  • Attend technical talks from leading service providers
  • Connect with new suppliers, customers and partners
  • Evaluate cost effective solutions to meet your needs


Shale Gas World Europe Conference & Exhibition- The meeting place for Europe’s unconventional pioneers


Find out more: http://www.terrapinn.com/conference/shale-gas-europe

European BEST Engineering Competitions 2013

European BEST Engineering Competitions 2013

European BEST Engineering Competition

  • The event of EBEC organized by BEST is one of the biggest engineering competitions held in Europe with 120 students of technology .
  • EBEC project consists of 3 levels, the local, national or regional and European or final level.
  • Teams of 4 students compete against each other. The winners of each local event compete against each other in National and Regional BEST Engineering Competitions
  • The competition categories are: Case Study and Team Design
  • Team Design is a category in which students construct a device within a given time from provided materials in order to achieve a predefined action using their knowledge and creativity.
  • Case Study deals with a theoretical problem in the field of technology or management presented to participants to solve it in their own specific way. After several hours of work the solutions of the problems are presented and compared with others.
  •  EBEC Project strives to involve students all around Europe for challenging themselves by gaining new practical knowledge, developing their soft, technical and analytical skills, and widen their horizons by engaging them in team based challenges, and at the end getting the name of best European engineer.

European BEST Engineering Competition 2013

  • BEST Warsaw will host the 5th European BEST Engineering Competition.
  • EBEC will be held from 1st to 9th August 2013, and it will gather 120 students of engineering from 83 well-known universities from 31 European countries.
  • The Official Opening day of EBEC will be held on the 2nd of August in Warsaw. Along with participants and organizers, it will be attended by the President of Warsaw, representatives of the University of Warsaw and representatives from companies which cooperate with BEST: P&G, Iveco, Deutsche Bahn, GSE, Engineering Design Center and European Patent Offfice.


Across the ocean drilling and explorating- how drillships work?

Across the ocean drilling and explorating- how drillships work?

Have you heard that drillships are modificated marine vessels?
The first drillship was the Cuss 1 created especially for Mohole project which was an ambitious attempt to drill through the Earth’s crust into the Mohorovičić discontinuity and was executed from 1961 to 1966. Fortunately, the collapse of these plans didn’t prevent fast-developing technology of the drillships. Nowadays, these units are fitted with a drilling derrick and moon pool.

Additionally, drillships have extensive mooring or positioning equipment, as well as a helipad to receive supplies and transport staff. In order to drill, column called as marine riser need to pass through the vessel’s moon pool
and connect outlet of the well with the bottom of the drillship.
The major advantage is possibility to drill on very deep waters, from 610 to even 3,048 meter! Furthermore, drillships are completely independent, in contrast to semi-submersibles and jackup barges which need to be transported by another units like seagoing tugs.

Drawbacks? The main disadvantage is susceptibility to being agitated by waves, wind and currents. It’s especially troublesome when the vessel is actually drilling, because the drillship is connected to equipment thousands of feet under the sea. This is why these units are equipped with the most sensitive mooring systems. Sometimes, especially on the shallower waters, drillships are moored to the seafloor with a few anchors but when waters are deeper drillships depend on dynamic positioning systems (DPS) to keep the vessel in place while drilling.
The most expensive drillship ever built is DrillMAX ICE constructed in South Korea.

More you can find on:
How Does a Drillship Work? |RIGZONE

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Why Saudi Arabia can not produce Its own shale gas?

Why Saudi Arabia can not produce Its own shale gas?

According to estimates by Baker Hughes Inc., Saudi Arabia may hold even about 645 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable shale gas. It gives this country the fifth place in the world in terms of shale gas reserves, behind China, the U.S., Argentina and Mexico.

Several oil and gas majors, including Halliburton Co. and Schlumberger Ltd. are already invested in Saudi operations. Presently, both firms have research centers up and running in Saudi Arabia, hoping to discover how best to develop and exploit that country’s rich shale reserves.

Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia may need at least a decade to develop shale-gas production  to a wide scale due to the desert kingdom’s short supplies of water.

Finding the necessary amount of water in the regions where Saudi Arabian Oil Co. is exploring for shale gas will be difficult, according to Amin Nasser, senior vice president of upstream at the company known as Saudi Aramco. “The infrastructure cost will go down with time but water is going to remain a challenge” he said March 10 at an oil and gas conference in Manama, Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia’s shale plans may be slowed by lack of water |fuelfix

How about you? What’s your opinion about it? Don’t hesitate to share your opinion with us.

Photo: AP file

First successful gas extraction from frozen methane deposits

First successful gas extraction from frozen methane deposits

Japan has successfully extracted natural gas from frozen methane hydrate deposits under the sea, in the first example of production of the gas offshore, officials said on Tuesday. This is the milestone  and could be a step toward potential commercial production, though the costs of extracting gas from the seabed are much higher than for other forms of production.

Japaneese scientists used a specialistic technology relayed on reducing pressure in the underground layers which hold the methane hydrate 1,330 metres below the sea surface and then they dissolved it into micture of gas and water. In final step They were collecting the gas through a well.

“Ten years ago, everybody knew there was shale gas in the ground, but to extract it was too costly. Yet now it’s commercialised” said Ryo Minami, director of the oil and gas division at Japan’s Agency for Natural Resources during the performance, compared shale gas to frozen methane resources.

Methane hydrate is a form of methane gas frozen below the seabed or in permanently frozen ground called permafrost.  ‘Frozen methane’ may be compared to ice but burns like a candle if a flame is applied.

Japan Becomes first nation to extract ‘frozen gas’ from seabed |The Guardian

Are methane hydrates the next big energy source? What do you think about it? Share your opinion with us.

photo by JOGMEC

How is it possible to produce oil from sand?

How is it possible to produce oil from sand?

Have you ever heard about oil sands? This geologic formation is mixture of water, clay and viscous, heavy oil known as bitumen. Majority of the oil sands reserves are located in Canada where have been intensively exploiting for about 50 years. The largest accumulation of them is located across 54,000 square miles in three Alberta deposits. Oil is derived from the oil sands and may be refined and used to make e.g. jet fuel, gasoline or asphalt.
Canadian oil sands’ production has grown and nowadays is estimated to be more than 1 million barrels per day of U.S. oil imports.
Depending on depth of the reserves, producers used to deploy one of two methods: Surface Mining and In Situ drilling.
First of them is using when oil sands reserves are close to surface. Huge mining shovels dig into formation, then transport sandy mixture to large trucks. During the transport, bitumen begins to separate from the sands and other formations. Finally, the bitumen is removed and transported to refinery.
If reserves are deeper than 250 feet, using of mining shovels is unprofitable. In that case, producers use second method called In Situ Drilling. Average depth of single well drilled into the ground is about 1,300 ft. Bitumen oil is too heavy to flow automatically without being heated or diluted. Therefore, in  majority of in situ operations, steam is injected into the well to liquefy the bitumen, which is  pumped to the surface through another well.

What are Oil Sands? |oilsandsfactcheck

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PKN ORLEN begins drilling of new well in the Lublin region

PKN ORLEN begins drilling of new well in the Lublin region

The new well of PKN Orlen is located in Nowy Stręczyn in the Cyców commune.

Stręczyn-OU1 is the fifth well to be drilled by PKN ORLEN in the Province of Lublin, and the third covered by the “Wierzbica” exploration licence. The drilling of the well is expected to take approximately 45 days and planned depth  is over 3,400 metres. Engineers from company going to collect 300 meters of core samples.

“The results of our preliminary geological surveys proved very promising, and so we decided to start a new exploratory well here,” commented Wiesław Prugar, CEO of ORLEN Upstream.

PKN ORLEN begins drilling of new well in the Lublin region  |ORLEN


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Photo from Orlen Upstream archive.

BP has evacuated foreign staff from Algeria

BP has evacuated foreign staff from Algeria

Due to recent events in Algeria, BP has decided to evacuate foreign staff from the country.
“Supporting our colleagues and their families at a time of extreme concern is essential, and we are seeking to support them in every way we can” said BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley in a press statement.

Last Wednesday in the morning Islamist militants attacked the facility, taking dozens of hostages.
Statoil and BP, who operate as a joint venture at In Amenas (1150 kilometers from Algiers- capital of Algeria), confirmed that several of their employees were working at the facility. Spokesman of militants claimed that some 35 hostages and 15 militants had been killed in the attack on the In Amenas facility by Algerian armed forces. Quoting International Energy Agency  “The kidnapping of the foreign workers at In Amenas had cast “a dark cloud” over the outlook for the country’s energy sector”.

BP, Foreign Workers Evacuated from Algeria   | RIGZONE

Is work in volatile countries like Algeria are getting more and more dangerous? What about you? Are you willing to work in such places?


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