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Lower Saxony shale gas unconventional concept play

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02 December 2019

Lower Saxony shale gas unconventional concept play

Report summary

The Lower Saxony basin in northwest Germany is a key oil-producing region that is believed to hold unconventional gas potential in its shale horizons. The marine-based Posidonia shale is the most prospective horizon in the basin. It is also a proven source rock in the North Sea. BEB (ExxonMobil 50%, Shell 50%) and ExxonMobil control nearly all unconventional acreage and were the key forces behind initial exploration, but since 2011, activity has decreased and no new wells have been drilled.

Table of contents

  • The opportunity
  • Commercialisation overview
  • What to watch
  • Majors
    • Location
    • Basin fill
    • Posidonia shale
    • Wealden shale
  • Gas market
    • Pipeline
    • Gas markets
    • Unconventional hydraulic fracturing ban
    • Environment
    • Land access/permitting
  • Fiscal terms
  • Supply chain

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  • Lower Saxony basin - ExxonMobil indirectly holds the most prospective acreage through BEB (50%)
  • Lower Saxony shale - geological characteristics

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