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Chinese geologists interested in Lithuanian shale


The Lithuanian Geological Survey hosted a meeting with a delegation of specialists, headed by Dr Maowen Li, from the petroleum geology research institutes Sinopec Exploration & Production Research Institute and Wuxi Research Institute of Petroleum Geology of the People's Republic of China (PRC).

During the meeting, the head of the Chinese delegation presented the achievements in surveying, exploring and assessing shale gas and petroleum resources, the immediate plans in the field of surveying rocks containing shale hydrocarbons and prospects in terms of preparing for industrial production of shale gas in the discovered deposit with 3 trillion cubic feet of detected shale gas resources.

In PRC, the most promising shale gas and petroleum resources were found in the early Silurian layers of early paleozoic that are of the same age as those in the Baltic sedimentary catchment area in Lithuania. The heads of both delegations underlined the importance of cooperation when in comes to developing analytical geological surveying of these resources and the rock that contains them as well as of integrated interpretation of data.

After the meeting at the Lithuanian Geological Survey, the specialists visited the core repository of the Lithuanian Geological Museum. Members of both delegations teamed up to review the core of the early paleozoic layers and took the most representative core samples of argillite and other argillaceous rock from nine wells in Western Lithuania for further analytical surveys. These core samples will be tested in the petroleum research laboratory of Wuxi Research Institute of Petroleum Geology, including geochemical tests and analysis of organic matter.

The test results will be provided to the Lithuanian Geological Survey for an integrated interpretation and the results will then be used for researching Lithuania’s shale gas and the geological structure of the petroleum containing rock with a view to identifying the potential of the unconventional underground resources, shale gas and petroleum.

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas