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Horn River Basin

The Horn River Basin is a dry natural gas basin that encompasses 1.1 million hectares, and contains several separate shale formations: the Evie, Klua, Otter Park, and Muskwa Shales. These shales lie at vertical depths between 6500’-13000’. Horizontal drilling in the Horn River began in earnest in 2008.

The Horn River Basin shale play is located in northeast British Columbia and is a relatively new natural gas discovery. It is the largest known shale gas field in Canada. A large number of mostly Canadian and American companies have been busy obtaining leases in the Horn River area, and a 36-inch pipeline is being built to transport natural gas from this remote area to a tie-in point on TransCanada’s existing Alberta System.

Experts estimate there is about 250 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas in the field, of which 10% to 20% is recoverable. Another emerging shale play in British Columbia, just south of the Horn River shale, is the Montney shale, which is estimated to hold up to 50 tcf of gas reserves and extends east into Alberta.
The Horn River Basin shale play is located in northeast British Columbia and is a relatively new natural gas discovery. It is the largest known shale gas field in Canada. A large number of mostly Canadian and American companies have been busy obtaining leases in the Horn River area, and a 36-inch pipeline is being built to transport natural gas from this remote area to a tie-in point on TransCanada’s existing Alberta System.

Experts estimate there is about 250 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas in the field, of which 10% to 20% is recoverable. Another emerging shale play in British Columbia, just south of the Horn River shale, is the Montney shale, which is estimated to hold up to 50 tcf of gas reserves and extends east into Alberta.