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    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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    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

    Oxy to build new Permian Basin office complex

    Aug 28, 2014

    Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: OXY) has begun construction on a new office complex in Midland, Texas, that will serve as the center of the company’s oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin.

    Fairmount Santrol proves long-term value of curable resin-coated proppant

    Aug 28, 2014

    Fairmount Santrol, formerly Fairmount Minerals, presented a technical paper on Aug. 27 proving that proppant flowback prevention technology increased the value of 23 wells by $115,000 per stage or $2.6 million.

    Wood Mackenzie: Marcellus shale holds over $90B in remaining value

    Aug 28, 2014

    The Marcellus shale play, the largest shale gas play in the world based on current production, is projected to hold over $90 billion in remaining value according to Wood Mackenzie’s latest key play analysis and output from its new North America well analysis tool. 

    WPX forms JV with TRDC to develop Trail Ridge properties

    Aug 27, 2014

    WPX Energy has closed an agreement to jointly develop its Trail Ridge properties with TRDC LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based G2X Energy. The Trail Ridge development is part of WPX’s position in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin Highlands. 

    Quantum and Tug Hill form partnership

    Aug 26, 2014

    Quantum Energy Partners and Tug Hill Inc. have formed a partnership to engage in the acquisition, development, and exploitation of conventional and unconventional oil and gas assets in certain North American basins.

    MarkWest to expand Marcellus processing and fractionation infrastructure

    Aug 26, 2014

    MarkWest Energy Partners LP plans a major expansion of midstream infrastructure at its Keystone complex in Butler County, Pennsylvania, to support growing rich-gas production from the Marcellus shale play and Upper Devonian formations.

    Dakota Gold to develop Bakken crude oil terminal

    Aug 26, 2014

    Dakota Gold Transfer–Plaza LLC plans to develop a crude oil transload facility in Mountrail County, North Dakota. Strategically located on a 350-acre site in the eastern section of the prolific Bakken and Three Forks shale oil producing areas, the Plaza Terminal will provide refiners, marketers and producers with new options for reaching multiple markets across the US and Canada via rail and pipeline.

    Lucas Energy and OVR form Eagle Ford joint venture

    Aug 26, 2014

    Lucas Energy Inc. has signed a binding participation agreement with Oak Valley Resources LLC (OVR) to jointly develop Lucas Energy’s Karnes County, Texas, acreage in the Eagle Ford shale formation. 

    CONSOL, Noble file for a midstream MLP

    Aug 26, 2014

    CONSOL Energy Inc. reports that CONSOL Energy and its Marcellus shale play joint venture partner, Noble Energy Inc., caused a Registration Statement on Form S-1 to be filed Aug. 25 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission for the initial public offering of common units of a master limited partnership to be known as CONE Midstream Partners LP. 

    Wood Mackenzie provides ‘Unconventional 3.0: A new energy outlook’

    Aug 25, 2014

    Wood Mackenzie has identified the three distinct phases of the unconventional onshore revolution and has explored the future of the sector in North America and internationally.

    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