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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

    ETE, ETP, Phillips 66 become JV partners to build Bakken pipelines

    Oct 29, 2014

    Energy Transfer Equity LP, Energy Transfer Partners LP (collectively, “Energy Transfer”), and Phillips 66 have formed two joint ventures to develop the Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline projects.

    KKR partners to develop East Texas Eaglebine

    Oct 29, 2014

    KKR has become a non-operated working interest partner with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in the development of Anadarko’s acreage in the Eaglebine play located primarily in Brazos, Burleson, and Robertson counties, Texas.

    AEPB provides acquisitions update

    Oct 29, 2014

    American Energy – Permian Basin LLC (AEPB), an affiliate of American Energy Partners LP (AELP), reports that, since July 31, it has completed or entered into definitive agreements with multiple parties to acquire net production of 1,400 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day and 27,000 net acres of leasehold in the Wolfcamp shale play in the central Midland Basin. 

    Carrizo completes Eagle Ford acquisition, upsizes private notes offering

    Oct 28, 2014

    Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. has acquired additional leasehold and producing interests in the Eagle Ford shale play from Eagle Ford Minerals LLC for $250 million in cash, subject to a closing adjustment credit of $7 million, as well as an update to its third-quarter guidance.

    Continental enters into JV to develop Northwest Cana Woodford shale

    Oct 28, 2014

    Continental Resources Inc. has formed a joint venture with a wholly owned US subsidiary of SK E&S Co. Ltd. to jointly develop a significant portion of Continental's Northwest Cana Woodford natural gas assets, primarily in Blaine and Dewey counties, Oklahoma.

    Breitburn acquires Permian bolt-on properties

    Oct 27, 2014

    Breitburn Energy Partners LP reports that it acquired oil and gas properties adjacent to its existing Midland Basin operating areas from Antares Energy on Oct. 24. The purchase price is $50 million, plus 4.3 million Breitburn common units.

    Continental Resources CEO says company not affected yet by falling oil prices

    Oct 27, 2014

    US oil prices would have to fall another 20% or so before an American shale oil producer, Continental Resources, would cut back significantly on its operations, the company’s CEO told Platts on Oct. 26.

    Williams Partners and Access Midstream Partners to merge in $50B deal

    Oct 27, 2014

    Williams, Williams Partners LP, and Access Midstream Partners LP report that Williams Partners and Access Midstream Partners have entered into a $50 billion merger agreement.  

    Porter Hedges opens offices in Oklahoma City

    Oct 23, 2014

    Porter Hedges LLP has expanded its energy practice with the opening of a new office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, led by partner C. Ray Lees.

    Aqua Terra expands into Permian Basin

    Oct 23, 2014

    Aqua Terra Water Management LP has acquired two saltwater disposal facilities operated by Texas SWD Co Inc. and a permit for a saltwater disposal facility from Coronado Minerals LLC. Terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed.

    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