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  • Unconventional Oil & Gas

    Shale plays first come to mind when one considers unconventional resources. These unconventional resource plays may yield natural gas, gas condensates, and crude oil. Some of the more noteworthy shale plays in North America include the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Fayetteville, Woodford, Niobrara, Haynesville, Horn River, and Utica formations. Tight gas, coalbed methane, oil sands, and heavy oil are non-shale unconventional resources.

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    Eagle Ford | Marcellus | Cline | Permian | Utica | Bakken | Woodbine & Eaglebine

    Eagle Ford
      Bakken
       Shale Gas Plays Permian Basin

    As a result of the game-changing North American shale revolution, many are predicting that the US and Canada combined will be self-sufficient in total liquids before 2020. Per Magnus Nysveen of Rystad Energy discusses the key implications of adding eight million barrels of liquids from tight plays in North America from 2010 to 2020

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    With the crude to natural gas price ratio continuing in historically high territory many energy companies are looking for more opportunities to shift from producing cheap gas to producing premium-price oil. For that reason, one tight-oil play long in the background—the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) in central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi—is attracting new attention; particularly from drillers who think they’ve figured out how to deal with TMS’s challenging characteristics. But is TMS all its fracked up to be?

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    Latest Unconventional News

    Enable Midstream completes initial phase of gathering system in Bakken

    May 22, 2015

    Enable Midstream Partners LP says that the first phase of its Nesson Crude & Produced Water Gathering System is operational. The pipeline serves wells located in Williams and Mountrail counties of North Dakota, in the Bakken shale play.

    Sabine enters into forbearance agreement to second lien term loan facility

    May 22, 2015

    Sabine Oil & Gas Corp. has entered into a forbearance agreement with the lenders under its second lien term loan facility. The forbearance agreement will provide the company with additional flexibility as it continues discussions with its creditors and their respective professionals regarding the company's debt and capital structure. 

    Vanguard to acquire Eagle Rock Energy Partners for $614 million

    May 22, 2015

    Vanguard Natural Resources LLC and Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP have entered into an agreement and plan of merger pursuant to which a subsidiary of Vanguard will merge into Eagle Rock for total consideration of $474 million in Vanguard common units and the assumption of Eagle Rock's net debt of $140 million as of March 31.

    Caiman Energy and Blue Racer Midstream appoint new CEO and CFO

    May 21, 2015

    Stephen Arata has been named CEO of both Caiman Energy II LLC and Blue Racer Midstream LLC, following Jack Lafield’s resignation as CEO of both companies. Lafield will continue to serve as chairman of Caiman Energy II and remains a member of Blue Racer’s board of directors.

    GlobalData: Core Bakken assets remain economical despite low oil prices

    May 21, 2015

    While the 12 counties with Bakken production between North Dakota and Montana have lost the majority of their horizontal rigs over the last eight months, core areas of the shale play remain attractive, especially as oil prices creep toward $70 per barrel, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

    Summit Midstream Partners closes acquisitions in Williston Basin

    May 19, 2015

    Summit Midstream Partners LP’s wholly owned subsidiary, Bison Midstream LLC, has closed its acquisition of 100% of the equity interests of certain subsidiaries of Summit Midstream Partners LLC for total cash consideration of $255 million.

    DW comments on US oilfield services rebalancing act

    May 18, 2015

    In Douglas-Westwood’s May 18 DW Monday, the company discusses its expectations for the oilfield services market.

    Tokyo Gas aims for more investments in US shale gas

    May 18, 2015

    Tokyo Gas Co. Ltd. plans to expand its investment in US shale gas production, according to Reuters. As Japan's biggest gas utility, the company is interested in investing in US shale as a hedge to its liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports from the US, which are contracted to start in 2016.

    Lucas terminates agreements with Victory Energy

    May 18, 2015

    Lucas Energy Inc. confirms that, on May 11, the nonbinding letter of intent previously entered into between Victory Energy Corp. and Lucas was terminated. 

    T-Rex intends to purchase acreage in Williston Basin

    May 18, 2015

    T-Rex Oil Inc., which focuses on the Rocky Mountain region, has entered into a letter of intent to purchase 16,100 net mineral acres in the Williston Basin with access to the Madison, Bakken, Three Forks, and Red River formations. 

    ConocoPhillips CEO on shale boom: We've only scratched the surface

    Technology innovation has expanded the world’s energy resource base and the oil and gas industry will continue to working to supply that growth, said ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) chairman and CEO Ryan Lance.

    ©2014 Michael Stravato. Provided courtesy of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University.

    Read the full article here. 


    US tight oil production averaged 3.22 day MMbbl/d in 4Q13, according to US EIA estimates. This level was enough to push overall crude oil production in the US to an average of 7.84 MMbbl/d, more than 10% of total world production, up from 9% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Read more here

    Can the shale gas rBart Willigers, Palantir Solutions Ltd. evolution currently taking place in the US be repeated elsewhere? Although significant volumes of unconventional gas deposits are present in Poland, France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK, shale gas developments are running many years behind their counterparts in the US. Skeptics have pointed out that differences in geology, taxes, public acceptance, environmental regulations and other factors in Europe vs. the US make for a tougher environment in which to develop unconventional resources. 

    Read the article by Bart J. A. Willigers of Palantir Solutions Ltd. here