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  • Unconventional Oil & Gas

    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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    Eagle Ford | Marcellus | Cline | Permian | Utica | Bakken | Woodbine & Eaglebine

    Coalbed Methane

    Coalbed Methane (CBM) ImageCoalbed methane, or CBM, is a natural gas produced from coal seams or adjacent sandstones. In 1994, US coalbed methane reserves were 9.38 tcf, which was less than 6% of the domestic natural gas reserves. Production in 1994 was 777 bcf, or 4% of the natural gas production of the lower 48 states. Commercial production occurs in approximately 10 US basins. The major producing areas are the San Juan, Black Warrior, and Central Appalachian basins. CBM plays are now international with tests or pilot projects in about 15 countries. Coalbed methane is produced in Queensland, Australia, and the UK, and pilot projects are underway in China and India. Independent operators are the most active CBM exploration companies in the US. Internationally, both majors and independents are actively seeking to expand the industry.

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    Canadian Oil Sands

    CBM News

    Far East Energy Negotiates Shouyang CBM sales

    Jun 16, 2010

    Far East Energy Corp. has negotiated an agreement with its partner, China United Coal Bed Methane and Shanxi Provincial Guoxin to sell all production of coalbed methane (CBM) from the contract area covered by the Shouyang Production Sharing Contract. Far East will gfet 1.55 Rmb per cubic meter of gas, including new Chinese government subsidies, which equates to roughly $6.55 per Mcf.

    CNX sets $400M budget for 2010, earmarks $160M for Marcellus

    Jan 6, 2010

    CNX Gas Corp. has earmarked $400 million for shale programs and coalbed methane programs in 2010.

    Quicksilver has success in Horn River Basin

    Sep 30, 2009

    Quicksilver Resources Inc. has completed its first well in the Horn River Basin in Northeast British Columbia. The well tested at an initial production rate of 13 million cubic feet per day.

    Devon Energy ranks No. 1 in Barnett Shale

    Aug 1, 2009 Devon Energy Corp. takes top honors as the No. 1 producer in the Barnett Shale, and the company’s total gas production in that formation alone is enough for the Oklahoma City company to earn distinction as the overall leader in production from shale gas in the United States.

    Hydraulic fracturing: the current state of play

    Aug 1, 2009 Hydraulic fracturing is an increasingly important part of energy production in the US. While the technology has been used for 60 years to enhance production from oil and gas wells, today hydraulic fracturing is essential to making gas wells in many types of unconventional formations such as shales economically viable.

    Gastar completes Australian assets sale, plans debt retirement

    Jul 15, 2009

    Gastar Exploration Ltd., an exploration and production company focused on finding and developing natural gas assets in North America, has completed the sale of its Australia assets and plans to use the proceeds for debt retirement.

    Universal Well Site Solutions hires Dymond national training director

    Apr 15, 2009

    Universal Well Site Solutions, a provider of automated and wireless well-site production solutions for coal bed methane, shale gas and low pressure traditional gas projects, has named coal industry veteran Jackie Dymond as its National Director of Field Training and Safety.

    Petroflow to sell CBM operation for $29

    Apr 7, 2009

    Petroflow Energy Ltd. has entered into a definitive purchase and sale agreement to sell its San Juan Basin coal bed methane property. The sale, which is still subject to due diligence on the part of the purchaser, is scheduled to close in May 2008 for gross cash proceeds of $29 million.

    Gas shale development is now faced with challenging issues What can we expect through 2009?

    Nov 1, 2008 The ongoing economic downdraft that has impacted global economies is affecting plans for gas shale development in North America for the balance of 2008 and all of 2009.

    ConocoPhillips, Origin Energy form CBM-to-LNG joint venture, create long-term Australasian business

    Oct 1, 2008 ConocoPhillips has teamed up with Origin Energy, the largest holder of proved and probable gas reserves in eastern Australia, to create a long-term Australasian natural gas business focused on coal bed methane (CBM) production and liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and sales.

    ConocoPhillips, Origin Energy form CBM-to-LNG JV, create long-term Australasian business

    Sep 29, 2008 ConocoPhillips has teamed up with Origin Energy, the largest holder of proved and probable gas reserves in eastern Australia, to create a long-term Australasian natural gas business focused on coal bed methane (CBM) production and liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and sales.

    ConocoPhillips, Origin to create Australasian natural gas business

    Sep 9, 2008

    ConocoPhillips and Origin Energy will create a long-term Australasian natural gas business focused on coal bed methane production and liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing and sales.

    Shaping a competitive Indonesia Pt. 2

    May 1, 2008 Continuing “Shaping a Competitive Indonesia: The prime importance of building a sustainable O&G sector,” this second of a two-part special report examines three key industry developments: Alternative fuels, and the myriad ways of shaping tomorrow’s energy needs; Equipment, the building blocks on which strong fundamentals rely; and EPCM companies, changing the landscape of Indonesian O&G.

    EnerJex extracting additional upside through EOR in Kansas

    Apr 1, 2008 Tucked away in the middle of the US, far away from the well-known, “sexy” producing areas, is one of the top 10 producing regions in the country: Kansas.

    EnerJex extracting additional upside through EOR in Kansas

    Jan 21, 2008 Tucked away in the middle of the US, far away from the well-known, "sexy" producing areas, is one of the top 10 producing regions in the country: Kansas.

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