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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

    Southcross updates on offering, pipeline construction

    Jan 30, 2014

    Southcross plans to use the net proceeds from the public offering of 8 million common units, including any net proceeds from the underwriters’ exercise of their option, to fund construction of Southcross’ new Webb Pipeline and for general partnership purposes.

    Hunter elected chairman of Texas Pipeline Association

    Jan 23, 2014

    Southcross Energy Partners LP reports that Michael T. Hunter, vice chairman and chief commercial officer of Southcross’ general partner, has been elected chairman of the Texas Pipeline Association. 

    Baker Hughes reports on fourth-quarter 2013 well count

    Jan 13, 2014

    Baker Hughes Inc. reports that the US onshore well count for the fourth quarter of 2013 is 9,056 wells, down 19 wells from the revised 9,075 wells counted in the third quarter of 2013.

    Compressco Partners acquires assets for gas lift markets

    Jan 9, 2014

    Compressco Partners LP has acquired compression assets for "gas lift" markets as part of its defined strategic growth objectives. 

     

    Gulf Coast Western secures large acreage position in South Texas

    Jan 8, 2014

    Gulf Coast Western LLC has secured 3,500 acres in Wilson County, Texas. The company plans to initially drill 10 horizontal wells in the revitalized Buda Limestone formation, which is located just below the Eagle Ford shale play.  

    GE Energy Financial Services and Vess Oil acquire Texas properties

    Jan 8, 2014

    GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE, has formed its third partnership with a Vess Oil Corp. affiliate to purchase oil reserves in East Texas for $108 million.

    Texas LNG plans mid-sized US LNG export project

    Jan 8, 2014

    Texas LNG LLC reports that, on Dec. 31, 2013, it filed an application to the US Department of Energy seeking authorization to export up to 2 million tonnes per annum of liquefied natural gas to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and non-FTA markets.

    Abraxas provides acquisition update

    Jan 7, 2014

    Abraxas Petroleum Corp. continues to identify and transact on targeted lease blocks in its core focus areas of the Eagle Ford shale. Recently, the company acquired 440 net acres of leasehold in McMullen County, Texas, known as Dilworth East.

    Swift Energy adjusts its business model

    Jan 1, 2014

    Gulf Coast producer now an Eagle Ford shale player

    Sanchez Energy COO resigns

    Dec 27, 2013

    Joseph DeDominic, senior vice president and COO of Eagle Ford Shale-focused Sanchez Energy Corp. has resigned to pursue a new opportunity.

    Plains All American spending $120M on Eagle Ford

    Dec 23, 2013

    Plains All American Pipeline LP is constructing a new natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator and is expanding its existing condensate stabilization facility in the Eagle Ford area of South Texas.

    Abraxas closes WyCross divestiture, provides updates

    Dec 23, 2013

    Abraxas Petroleum Corp. has closed its divestiture of the company’s WyCross assets for net proceeds of $71.4 million after accounting for all fees and purchase price adjustments.

    Penn Virginia sells Eagle Ford natural gas midstream assets for $100M

    Dec 16, 2013

    Penn Virginia Corp. (NYSE:PVA) has agreed to sell substantially all of its Eagle Ford Shale natural gas midstream assets to a newly-formed affiliate of ArcLight Capital Partners LLC for gross cash proceeds of $100 million.

    Newfield updates production, capital outlook for 2014-2016

    Dec 14, 2013

    Newfield Exploration Co. has updated its production and capital investment outlook for 2014-2016, which is expected to yield more than a 20% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in liquids production and a 25% CAGR in cash flow.

     

     

    Resource plays and capital players in the global deal landscape

    Dec 12, 2013

    PLS reports that from October 17 to November 16, global deal activity totaled $12.6 billion in 49 deals. As of press time on November 25, Q4's tally has reached $27.0 billion in 84 deals – as compared to Q3 2013's $41.8 billion in 239 deals.

    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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