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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

    Eagle Ford

    Eagle Ford Shale Description ImageThe Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas runs from the US-Mexico border north of Laredo in a narrow band extending northeast for several hundred miles to just north of Houston. It is located directly below the Austin Chalk. The average thickness of the Eagle Ford shale is about 475 feet. The more active part of the region is mainly in McMullen, Maverick, Dimmit, La Salle, Karnes, Live Oak, and Atascosa counties. The formation produces both natural gas and oil, but it is the oil-producing and gas condensate areas that are hottest right now.

    Houston-based Apache Corp. and EOG Resources are two of the largest lease-holders in the Eagle Ford. Other major players include Petrohawk, Swift Energy, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Murphy Oil, Chesapeake, Cabot Oil & Gas, and Pioneer Natural Resources.

    Eagle Ford Shale Map

    Eagle Ford Shale Play Map

    Eagle Ford Shale News

    Chesapeake, foreign partners set for big US shale spend in 2013

    Jun 17, 2013

    Analyzing Evaluate Energy’s recently released 2013 capital expenditure and average well cost data for the major US shale plays, it becomes clear that foreign companies will have a huge influence on how the industry develops over the coming year.

    Emerging shale plays

    Jun 11, 2013

    Cretaceous age TMS garnering attention

    Utica oil or bust? A wet gas play with plenty of condensate

    May 21, 2013

    Last Thursday (May 16, 2013) the Ohio Department of Natural Resources offered a rare glimpse into 2012 production in the Utica shale. In a long awaited report, the State said that 87 wells drilled by 11 companies produced about 1750 b/d of oil and 35 MMcf/d of gas. Those numbers disappointed investors hoping for evidence of another Bakken or Eagle Ford. But the State data does not tell the whole story. There should be a surge in production now that infrastructure is coming online. And significant condensate production will present new challenges for midstreamers. Today we take a closer look at Utica production.

    Rosetta completes acquisition of Permian Basin assets from Comstock

    May 15, 2013

    Houston, TX-based Rosetta Resources Inc. has closed on the previously announced acquisition of Permian Basin assets from Comstock Resources Inc.

    North American liquids production will reach 8 million bbl/d by 2020

    May 1, 2013

    Liquids production (oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids) from North American shale formations (includes tight oil plays) will most likely reach 8 million barrels per day by 2020, assuming current activity levels will remain constant and only minor changes will occur to the latest reported performance of wells and fleets.

    Eagle Ford most active shale play for M&A activity 1Q13

    May 1, 2013

    With three major deals in a month and a half, the Eagle Ford shale formation remains significant in the unconventional resources space.

    Crude loves Rock’n’Rail – Gulf Coast destinations – outside The Ship Channel

    Apr 24, 2013

    In the short term midstream companies with crude-by-rail unloading terminals at the Gulf Coast can deliver cheaper light sweet crudes from the Midwest and West Texas. Once new pipelines come online to deliver that crude direct to Houston that price advantage will disappear. At that point rail terminal operators need to diversify their business to survive. Today we look at the fate of Texas Gulf Coast rail terminal operators.

    Lighthouse Petroleum enters JV with Matmown Oil & Gas

    Apr 18, 2013

    Lighthouse Petroleum Inc., a growth oriented energy company focusing on the exploration and production of oil and gas, today has entered into a joint venture agreement with Matmown Oil and Gas Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Matmown Inc.

    Lucas Energy names oil and gas finance executive Dale as CFO

    Apr 8, 2013

    Lucas Energy Inc. (NYSE MKT:LEI), an independent oil and gas company with main operations in Texas, has appointed William J. Dale as CFO, treasurer, and secretary of the company.

    Magnum Hunter sells Eagle Ford Shale assets to Penn Virginia

    Apr 3, 2013

    Penn Virginia Corp. (NYSE: PVA) entered into a definitive agreement with Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. (NYSE: MHR) to acquire producing properties and undeveloped leasehold interests in the Eagle Ford Shale play for approximately $400 million.

    US natural gas exports to Mexico grow by 24%, reach all-time high

    Apr 1, 2013

    US natural gas exports to Mexico grew by 24% to 1.69 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) in 2012, the highest level since the data collection began in 1973.

    Kinder Morgan secures additional throughput commitment for condensate processing facility expansion

    Mar 28, 2013

    Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP has entered into a long-term, fee-based agreement with BP North America to underwrite an additional 50,000 barrels per day of throughput capacity at the petroleum condensate processing facility Kinder Morgan is constructing near its Galena Park terminal on the Houston Ship Channel.

    UTSA Study: Eagle Ford generated over $61B for South Texas in 2012

    Mar 26, 2013

    Development of oil and natural gas in the Eagle Ford Shale added more than $61 billion in total economic impact during 2012, according to a study released today by the Center for Community and Business Research in The University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development.

    Sanchez Energy to purchase Eagle Ford assets from Hess for $265M

    Mar 18, 2013

    Sanchez Energy Corp. has executed a definitive agreement to purchase assets in the Eagle Ford trend of south Texas consisting of approximately 13.4 mmboe of proved reserves, 4,500 boe/d of current production and approximately 43,000 net acres in Dimmit, Frio, LaSalle, and Zavala Counties, Texas from Hess Corp. for approximately $265 million in cash.

    Rosetta Resources buys West Texas assets from Comstock for $768M

    Mar 15, 2013

    Comstock Resources Inc. (NYSE: CRK) entered into a definitive agreement with Rosetta Resources Inc. (Nasdaq: ROSE) pursuant to which Rosetta will acquire all of Comstock's oil and gas properties in Reeves and Gaines counties in West Texas for a sales price of $768 million.

    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

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