Gripen Gas Successful in Drilling, Onshore Sweden
Gripen Gas announced today the drilling results from their Ekeby Permit, onshore Sweden. Four shallow vertical wells tested the prospectivity of biogenic gas from the organic rich Cambro-‐ Ordovician Alum Shale over an area covering about 150km2.
The prospective Alum Shale was encountered at depths of 75-‐85metres in the wells and all wells had gas shows whilst drilling. One well cored the Alum Shale section. All wells were drill stem tested.
The laboratory measured methane content of a gas sample collected at GH-‐2 is 97.5%.
Gripen gas will return, initially, to the discovery at GH-‐2 later in the second quarter of 2012 to drill up to 2 appraisal wells.
Chairman, Torgny Berglund, said: “We are delighted with these results. These exploration wells, in a new basin, prove the concept of commercial biogenic gas production from the area. Given our acreage position in Sweden we are in a strong position to exploit this new biogenic gas source. We will return to the area later in the year when we have studied the drilling and testing results.”
Gripen Gas AB has over 400km2 of exploration acreage in Sweden with seven permits located in Östergotland and five permits on Öland. The discovery wells are located in the Ekeby Permit, 185km2, in Östergötland. The Ekeby Permit lies between the industrial centres of Motala to the northwest and Linköping to the southeast.
Gripen Gas AB is an independent private Swedish gas exploration company established in 2010.
Sweden has no indigenous gas supply and imports over 950 million m3 per year into the southern part of the country. This forms less than 2% of the country’s energy demand. Energy demand has grown year on year in Sweden and has one of the highest per capita energy consumptions in Europe.