Exploration & Production

Slovenia’s Petišovci field sparks hope and fear

The Petišovci field offers Slovenia a chance to reduce its dependence on gas imports, but environmental concerns may stymie its development The Petišovci field offers Slovenia a chance to reduce its dependence on gas imports, but environmental concerns may stymie its development.
By Dariusz Kalan 5 December 2017 0 28658
Fracking in Poland. A fracking site in Poland. Green groups are concerned about the technique being used in Slovenia. (San Leon)

Independent explorer Ascent Resources started exporting gas from Slovenia’s Petišovci field to Croatia in early November. But while the project could eventually help reduce Slovenia’s reliance on imported fuel, environmental concerns may prevent large-scale exploitation of the resource.

Petišovci – the largest gas field in Slovenia – is located in the northeast of the country, an area that has been producing oil and gas since 1943. Ascent estimated in 2011 that the field’s total resources amounted to around 13 billion cubic metres of gas,...