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Digest "Gas Industry of Russia" #4 /28/ 2012

Biogenic shale gas development issues for Russias Northwest

This paper considers the feasibility of biogenic-origin shale gas development in lowpermeable reservoirs across Northwest Russia, for the longer term. The authors also analyse some features of slightly metamorphised Antrim and New Albany Shales in the US where commercial production of biogenic shale gas has been launched. This analysis prompted definitions for biogenic shale gas capacity assessment criteria, to evaluate the shale plays most common for the Russia’s Northwest, namely: Baltic, Timan-Pechora, and Vychegda basins. The authors propose priority targets for resource assessments given the environmental constraints for St. Petersburg region narrowing the development activities to Upper Jurassic deposits in Timan-Pechora and Vychegda.

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