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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

    NiSource to form NG pipeline, midstream and storage MLP

    Sep 29, 2014

    NiSource Inc. plans to file a registration statement for an initial public offering of common units representing limited partner interests in a new master limited partnership to be named Columbia Pipeline Partners LP.

    Tallgrass Pony Express plans pipeline system expansion

    Sep 26, 2014

    Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline LLC is pursuing a potential expansion of its crude oil pipeline system to transport growing production in areas around its existing system receipt points.

    Pioneer closes sale of Barnett shale assets

    Sep 26, 2014

    Pioneer Natural Resources Co. has closed the sale of its Barnett shale assets in North Texas to an undisclosed private party for cash proceeds of $155 million. The transaction has an effective date of Aug. 1.

    Bravo acquires Arkoma Basin assets for $250M

    Sep 26, 2014

    Bravo Natural Resources LLC has entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Canaan Natural Gas PE Funds. Bravo will acquire producing and gathering assets in the Arkoma Basin of southeast Oklahoma for an all-cash consideration of $250 million.  

    Vantage postpones IPO

    Sep 25, 2014

    Vantage Energy Inc., which focuses on the Marcellus and Barnett shale plays, has postponed its previously announced initial public offering.

    Macoma Capital invests in Bakken formation

    Sep 25, 2014

    Macoma Capital Group, a New York-based investment firm, has made its largest investment in an energy company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and gas properties in the Williston Basin, one of the premier shale plays in the Bakken.

    Total sells midstream Utica assets to group of Korean companies

    Sep 24, 2014

    Total’s affiliate, Total E&P USA, has signed an agreement to sell its 25% interest in Cardinal Gas Services LLC, a midstream company in Ohio’s Utica shale play, to E1 Corp. and a consortium led by Samchully, both from Korea, for $400 million plus an estimated price adjustment of $50 million. 

    Wood Mackenzie: US tight oil technology could boost output by 25%

    Sep 24, 2014

    There continues to be great potential for surprises to the upside in production of US tight oil, according to Wood Mackenzie's latest integrated analysis.

    Magellan launches open season for Niobrara pipeline to Cushing

    Sep 24, 2014

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP has launched an open season to assess customer interest to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara shale to the partnership's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    ETP begins binding expansion open season for Bakken pipeline transport

    Sep 23, 2014

    Energy Transfer Partners LP has launched a binding expansion open season to assess additional interest in transportation service on the Dakota Access Pipeline and Energy Transfer Crude Oil Pipeline.

    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.

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    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