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Lower Saxony shale gas unconventional play

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Report summary

The Lower Saxony Basin in northern Germany contains two shale plays at accessible depths – the Early Jurassic Posidonia and the Early Cretaceous Wealden.  The prospective region runs from just east of Hannover towards the Dutch border.  Most of the area has already been licensed to a small group of companies led by ExxonMobil but also including Shell, GDF Suez and Wintershall.  Smaller players include San Leon Energy, Dart Energy, and BNK Petroleum.  It will be challenging for new companies...

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Table of contents

  • Key facts
    • Commercialisation overview
    • What to watch
  • Location maps
  • Timeline
  • Geology
  • Reserves and resources
    • Gas market
  • Infrastructure
    • Environment/regulation
    • 2014 regulations on hydraulic fracturing
    • 2012 studies
    • Land access/permitting
    • Fiscal terms
    • Supply chain
    • Water procurement/disposal
  • Key companies
  • Economic assumptions
  • Economic analysis

Tables and charts

This report includes 10 images and tables including:


  • Germany Shale - ExxonMobil controls the prospective acreage, but no drilling since 2010
  • Position of key companies
  • Type well annual production
  • Type well cash flow


  • Key facts: Table 1
  • Germany Shale geological characteristics
  • Germany Shale reserves and resources build-up
  • Reserves assumptions
  • Economic assumptions: Table 1
  • Germany Shale economic metrics

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