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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

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    Atlas Pipeline Partners LP has brought into service its Edward processing plant, with capacity of 200 million cubic feet per day, in the Permian Basin.

    ENXP files registration statement for proposed IPO

    Sep 16, 2014

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    Black Ridge increases senior secured credit facility borrowing base

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    Aqua-Pure expands into Eagle Ford through FQS Ventures

    Sep 10, 2014

    Aqua-Pure Ventures Inc., a recycler of oilfield and shale gas wastewater, reports the installation of a second ROVER unit through FQS Ventures, a joint venture between Aqua-Pure’s wholly owned subsidiary Fountain Quail Water Management and Select Energy Services, marking the first ROVER mobilization into the Eagle Ford shale play.

    Esmark to convert Ohio mill to support Marcellus and Utica shale production

    Sep 10, 2014

    Esmark Inc., a diversified holding company with interests in steel manufacturing and distribution, oil and gas exploration and production, and real estate services, is converting the former Ohio Cold Rolling Co. steel finishing mill in Yorkville, Ohio, into a tri-modal industrial services terminal to support companies engaged in oil and gas exploration and production in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays.

    Platts' Bentek Energy: US natural gas production in August rose 0.6% from July

    Sep 10, 2014

    Natural gas production in the Lower 48 US states increased by 0.4 billion cubic feet per day during the month of August vs. July, according to Bentek Energy, an analytics and forecasting unit of Platts.

    STW Resources to acquire Black Pearl Energy

    Sep 10, 2014

    STW Resources Holding Corp. plans to acquire Midland, Texas-based Black Pearl Energy LLC, which installs liners and has introduced floating evaporation covers for freshwater frac pits to the oil industry. Black Pearl operates primarily in the Permian Basin.

    Wellsite Rental Services expands to Marcellus and Utica regions

    Sep 9, 2014

    Wellsite Rental Services, a rental equipment provider for the drilling and production sectors of the oil and gas industry, is partnering with Deep Well Services to serve the Marcellus and Utica regions.

    Kinder Morgan begins binding open season for UTOPIA project

    Sep 5, 2014

    Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP has launched a binding open season to solicit commitments for the Utica To Ontario Pipeline Access (UTOPIA) project, which will provide opportunities to transport ethane and ethane-propane mixtures from the prolific Utica shale area.

    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