№106 First steps into the unknown. The prospects of unconventional gas extraction in Ukraine Cover Image

№106 First steps into the unknown. The prospects of unconventional gas extraction in Ukraine
№106 First steps into the unknown. The prospects of unconventional gas extraction in Ukraine

Author(s): Mykhailo Gonchar
Subject(s): Energy and Environmental Studies, Economic policy, Developing nations, Geopolitics
Published by: Ośrodek Studiów Wschodnich im. Marka Karpia
Keywords: gas extraction in Ukraine; Ukraine; energy policy
Summary/Abstract: Ukraine’s deposits of unconventional gas (shale gas, tight gas trapped in non-porous sandstone formations, and coal bed methane) may form a significant part of Europe’s gas reserves. Initial exploration and test drilling will be carried out in two major deposits: Yuzivska (Kharkiv and Donetsk Oblasts) and Oleska (Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk Oblasts), to confirm the volume of the reserves. Shell and Chevron, respectively, won the tenders for the development of these fields in mid 2012. Gas extraction on an industrial scale is expected to commence in late 2018/early 2019 at the earliest. According to estimates presented in the draft Energy Strategy of Ukraine 2030, annual gas production levels may range between 30 billion m3 and 47 billion m3 towards the end of the next decade. According to optimistic forecasts from IHS CERA, total gas production (from both conventional and unconventional reserves) could reach as much as 73 billion m3. However, this will require multi-billion investments, a significant improvement in the investment climate, and political stability. It is clear at the present initial stage of the unconventional gas extraction project that the private interests of the Ukrainian government elite have played a positive role in initiating unconventional gas extraction projects.

  • Page Count: 9
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • Language: English