Horn River Basin Shale Gas Field

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Summary Information

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  • Country: Canada
  • Location: British Colombia
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  • Type: Oil / Gas
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  • The Horn River Basin is the geological name of the area of shale formation that is of interest to the oil and gas industry.
  • Located in British Columbia, approximately 40 kilometres north of Fort Nelson to the Northwest Territories border, the field is estimated to be 2 million acres (3000 square miles) in size.


  • Apache shares an interest in more than 400,000 acres in the Horn River Basin shale play
  • Devon has 174,000 net acres in northeastern British Columbia


  • 2011 - A report by the National Energy Board (NEB) and British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines estimated the ultimate potential for marketable unconventional shale gas in the Horn River Basin is 78 trillion cubic feet (Tcf)


  • The area’s Devonian and Triassic shale gas plays have similarities to the Barnett and other shale basins in the southern United States


  1. Horn River Basin/Shale Gas Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Apache, Canada
  3. First-time study doubles estimate of B.C. gas resources

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