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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 Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, Woodford, Bakken, Niobrara, 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

    Osage appoints Holcombe to board of directors

    Jul 28, 2014

    Osage Exploration and Development Inc., an independent exploration and production company focused on the Horizontal Mississippian and Woodford plays in Oklahoma, has appointed Gregory Holcombe as a new member of the company’s board of directors, effective Aug. 1. Holcombe will be Osage's first independent director. 

     

    RSP Permian updates on Northern Midland Basin acquisitions

    Jul 28, 2014

    RSP Permian Inc. has entered into definitive agreements in separate transactions with multiple sellers to acquire certain undeveloped acreage and oil and gas producing properties located in Glasscock County, Texas, for an aggregate price of $259 million in cash.

    Geopulse Exploration appoints new management

    Jul 25, 2014

    Geopulse Exploration Inc. reports that, upon the acquisition of Dakota Energy Resources Corp. on December 13, 2013, Craig Osterhoudt was appointed as its president and treasurer, and Mark Childs was appointed as its secretary. Both Osterhoudt and Childs were also appointed as directors, constituting the entire board of directors.

    Parsley Energy appoints Desai to board of directors

    Jul 25, 2014

    Parsley Energy Inc. reports that Dr. Hemang Desai has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, effective July 23, and will serve on the board’s Audit and Compensation committees.

    Broadleaf Capital changes name to EnergyTEK

    Jul 24, 2014

    Broadleaf Capital Partners Inc. has adopted the name EnergyTEK Corp., reflecting its new mission to focus on technology and its application in the oil and gas industry.

    Belle Fourche and Bridger Pipeline begin open season

    Jul 23, 2014

    Belle Fourche Pipeline Co. and Bridger Pipeline LLC have begun an open season to obtain volume commitments to support coordinated expansions of their Wyoming common carrier pipeline systems in order to substantially increase their capacity to transport crude petroleum from the Powder River Basin to Guernsey, Wyoming.

    ENXP closes acquisition, convertible notes offering, and senior secured term loan

    Jul 23, 2014

    Energy & Exploration Partners Inc. (ENXP) has closed its acquisition of 18,300 net acres in Houston and Madison counties, Texas, from TreadStone Energy Partners LLC, and the concurrent closings of its offering of $375 million in aggregate principal amount of convertible subordinated notes due 2019 in a private placement transaction, and a new $775 million senior secured term loan.

    ZaZa Energy enters into $7.5M capital markets transaction

    Jul 22, 2014

    ZaZa Energy Corp. has entered into a $7.5 million capital markets transaction with Crede Capital Group LLC, a Los Angeles-based family office. The company plans to use the proceeds to fund additional East Texas development and lease acquisitions.

    US capital expenditure on refining capacity additions to reach $4B by 2020

    Jul 22, 2014

    The US is forecast to spend approximately $4 billion on refining capacity expansion projects between 2014 and 2020, enabling the country to process its increasing volumes of unconventional resource production, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

    Water management critical in Appalachia

    Jul 18, 2014

    The combining of horizontal drilling and fracture stimulation technology has revolutionized the oil and gas industry.

    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