№ 3 (March 2011)
Ukraine Makes Shale Gas Discovery in Eastern Regions
Ukraine's Ukrgazdobycha has discovered several potential plays of shale gas in the Dnipropetrovsk-Donetsk basin, the newspaper Delo has reported, citing the head of the company's exploration department, Mikhail Machuzhak.
Earlier, it was supposed that shale plays would only be discovered in the western part of the country, in the Transcarpathian region. All non-traditional gas in other regions was expected to be coal methane gas, and deep-laying gas.
Now, according to Machuzhak's data, Ukrgazdobycha has identified 11 prospective fields in Western Ukraine and another seven in the Dnipropetrovsk-Donetsk basin; that is, in Poltava and Kharkiv regions where traditional gas is currently being produced.
"The reserves in just the Rudenkovskoye, Bakhmutskoye and Kalmius-Torestkoye sections of the Dnipropetrovsk-Donetsk basin could end up being evaluated at 3 to 5 billion cubic meters of gas", Machuzhak said.