Chevron has begun drilling for shale gas at its exploration wellsite in northeastern Romania, according to Reuters. The drilling, which will probe to a depth of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet), began May 6, and rock samples will be taken to determine if natural gas is present.
Chevron holds a 100% interest in, and operates, the 1.6 million-acre (6,350-square-kilometer) Barlad shale concession in northeast Romania. Drilling of the company’s first exploration well was planned to begin in the second quarter of 2014.
In addition, Chevron holds a 100% interest in, and operates, three concessions covering 670,000 acres (2,711 square kilometers) in southeast Romania. In October 2013, the company began acquiring 2D seismic data across two of the three concessions.