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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

    Amelia Resources sells Tuscaloosa Marine Shale acreage

    Aug 20, 2014

    Amelia Resources LLC has sold 50,000 net acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) play. The company has been retained as a technical consultant to market 50,000 net acres of newly acquired leases in the TMS play.

    Intervale Capital acquires Recapture Solutions

    Aug 19, 2014

    Intervale Capital has acquired Recapture Solutions LLC from Triten Corp. 

    EnLink to build new Utica pipeline and related facilities

    Aug 19, 2014

    The EnLink Midstream companies – EnLink Midstream Partners LP and EnLink Midstream LLC – plan to construct a new 45-mile, 8-inch condensate pipeline and six natural gas compression and condensate stabilization facilities that will service major producer customers in the Utica shale play, including Eclipse Resources.

    Dakota Plains, Hiland to link Bakken gathering pipeline to terminal

    Aug 19, 2014

    Dakota Plains Holdings Inc. and Hiland Crude LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hiland Partners LP, jointly report the execution of an interconnection agreement that links Dakota Plains’ Pioneer Rail Terminal in New Town, North Dakota, with Hiland’s Market Center Gathering System crude oil pipeline network.

    PennTex to build gathering, processing platforms in Permian and Lousiana

    Aug 18, 2014

    PennTex Midstream Partners LLC has signed two separate midstream transactions to build two significant gathering and processing platforms in the Permian Basin and Northern Louisiana.

    LINN Energy to sell assets in Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma

    Aug 18, 2014

    LINN Energy LLC has hired banks to sell its oil production assets in the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma in an auction that could raise as much as $2 billion, according to a Reuters report.

    Vine and Blackstone to acquire Shell’s Haynesville assets

    Aug 18, 2014

    Vine Oil & Gas LP, a recently formed exploration and production company, and Blackstone Energy Partners, an affiliate of Blackstone, have a definitive agreement to acquire the Haynesville assets of SWEPI LP and Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc., affiliates of Royal Dutch Shell plc, for $1.2 billion.

    Dejour closes $1.5 million equity offering

    Aug 18, 2014

    Dejour Energy Inc. has closed the equity financing offering previously announced on Aug. 11, receiving net proceeds of $1.5 million from three institutional investors to support the company’s 2014 Woodrush development plan.

    EV Energy Partners to sell certain Eagle Ford formation rights

    Aug 14, 2014

    EV Energy Partners LP reports an agreement to sell certain Eagle Ford formation rights.

    CPG: $1.75B investment to serve Appalachian supply basins

    Aug 14, 2014

    Columbia Pipeline Group (CPG), a unit of NiSource Inc., reports a total of $1.75 billion in new investment in infrastructure that will enable it to transport up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from Marcellus and Utica production areas to markets served by its Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Gulf Transmission pipeline systems. 

    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