Italian appetite hulk Eni has entered a plan to furnish shale gas in a Lviv segment of western Ukraine amid Kiev’s attempts to find alternatives to Russian healthy gas, a association pronounced on Friday.
Eni has sealed an agreement with Ukraine’s state-owned Nadra Ukrayny and Cadogan Petroleum, an eccentric oil and gas writer with onshore gas resources in Ukraine, to buy a 50.01 percent seductiveness in Westgasinvest, that binds rights to 9 shale gas permit areas in a Lviv Basin, totaling scarcely 3,800 block kilometers.
“The Lviv Basin is deliberate to be one of a best prospects in Europe for a scrutiny of radical gas, being also an prolongation of a Lublin Basin in Poland, that has already captivated estimable seductiveness from a hydrocarbon industry,” Eni pronounced in a statement.
Ukraine is pinning good hopes on shale gas prolongation with geological information suggesting that Ukraine boasts Europe’s largest shale gas reserves, and is expected to furnish from 7 to 10 billion cubic meters in 5 to 7 years.
Eni has been benefaction in Ukraine given 2011 in a Zagoryanska and Pokroskoe licenses located in a Dniepr-Donetz Basin.
Ukraine has prolonged been seeking to change a terms of a 2009 gas understanding it sealed with Russia. The understanding ties a cost of gas to oil prices, that have risen strongly given 2009, augmenting Ukraine’s gas bill.
Ukraine will have to compensate $416 per cubic scale of Russian gas in 2012, and is insisting a cost and engaged volume of the gas imports should be reduced.