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

Wood Group increases Eagle Ford Shale presence with Duval acquisition

Aug 6, 2012

Wood Group has acquired Duval Lease Services and Freer Iron Works (Duval), a provider of maintenance, installation and fabrication services in the Eagle Ford shale region of Texas. 

High crude oil prices driving production in Bakken Shale

Aug 1, 2012

The Bakken shale play in North Dakota, Montana, and the Canadian provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba is one of the largest oil resources in North America.

Eagle Ford remains significant

Aug 1, 2012

All things Eagle Ford continue to grow except, perhaps, production

Brooks replaces McKenzie as ZaZa Energy CEO

Jul 31, 2012

ZaZa Energy Corp. has appointed executive director and president Todd A. Brooks as CEO, replacing Craig M. McKenzie, effective immediately. 

Comstock could see $216M from Eagle Ford Shale JV with KKR

Jul 31, 2012

Comstock Resources Inc. and KKR have signed a joint venture agreement allowing KKR to participate in Comstock's future development of its Eagle Ford shale acreage in Atascosa, Frio, Karnes, LaSalle, McMullen and Wilson Counties in South Texas. 

Report: Typical Eagle Ford Shale well performance exceeds those in the Bakken Shale

Jul 26, 2012

Strong drilling results, coupled with the large prospective area, and magnitude of the resource potential, combine to make the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas a contender for the best tight oil play in the US, according to a new report from IHS.

Smart Sand, Canadian Pacific partner to supply frac sand by rail

Jul 18, 2012

Smart Sand and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. have partnered to supply and ship premium, Northern White frac sand to the unconventional oil and gas industry in key North America producing regions.

Cabot gets 'robust' price for Pearsall Shale acreage

Jun 22, 2012

Initial results in the Pearsall Shale have been encouraging, noted Jefferies & Co. Inc. following the news of Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas’s sale of a 35% non-operated working interest in the play to a subsidiary of Japan’s Osaka Gas Co. Ltd.

Blue Dolphin to buy idled Ingleside refinery to process crude and condensate from Eagle Ford shale play

Jun 11, 2012

Houston-based Blue Dolphin Energy Company [OTCQX:BDCO], an independent energy company with refining, midstream, and upstream operations, said June 11 that it had purchased a 180-day option to acquire an idled refinery located in Ingleside, Texas, from Lazarus Energy Holdings LLC, its largest shareholder.

Kinder Morgan completes midstream JV acquisition

Jun 5, 2012

Houston-based Kinder Morgan [NYSE: KMP] said June 4 that it has completed its acquisition of a 50% interest in a joint venture that owns the Altamont gathering, processing, and treating assets in the Uinta Basin in Utah and the Camino Real gathering system in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP for $300 million in KMP units.

Copano to expand processing capacity to meet Eagle Ford demand

May 10, 2012

In response to producer demand in the Eagle Ford shale play, Copano Energy, LLC announced today it will add 400,000 Mcf per day of cryogenic processing capacity at its Houston Central complex in Colorado County, Texas.

Eagle Ford impact study results to be released

Apr 30, 2012

Results of the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Eagle Ford Shale Economic Impact Study will be presented on two dates in May.

Capstone to supply Eagle Ford producers with 30 more microturbines

Apr 17, 2012

Capstone Turbine Corp. has received orders for 30 additional C65 microturbines from producers in the Eagle Ford shale play.

Housing shortage: 'Man camp' adds 100 beds in Eagle Ford

Apr 10, 2012

Oil services providers and field personnel working the Eagle Ford shale have a new place to lay their heads at night — and  more — in Kenedy, Texas.

ZaZa Energy expands in the Texas Eaglebine, begins drilling

Mar 29, 2012

ZaZa Energy Corp. has expanded its position in the Eaglebine trend in eastern Texas to a nearly contiguous total holding of approximately 144,123 gross acres through a transaction with a Range Resources subsidiary.

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.

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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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