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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 Bakken, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Fayetteville, Woodford, Niobrara, Haynesville, 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

    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

    PAA to expand Cactus Pipeline takeaway capacity

    Nov 25, 2014

    Plains All American Pipeline LP plans to provide additional pumps to increase the takeaway capacity of the Cactus Pipeline in response to higher regional production forecasts and shipper demand.

    Southcross acquires Eagle Ford pipeline system

    Nov 24, 2014

    Southcross Energy Partners LP has completed the acquisition of a natural gas gathering system in McMullen County, Texas.

    Navitas updates on Eagle Ford agreement

    Nov 21, 2014

    Navitas Midstream Partners LLC has executed a long-term, fee-based agreement with an investment-grade independent producer to provide gathering and processing services in the northern Eagle Ford shale play in Brazos and Grimes counties, Texas.

    New Gulf Resources adds to management team

    Nov 18, 2014

    New Gulf Resources LLC has hired Craig Young as its vice president of drilling and completions. 

    Shale deals drive strong US market, up 9% in Q3 as international M&A struggles

    Nov 17, 2014

    PLS reports that Q3 2014 global deal activity lost the gains made the previous quarter, dropping 32% to $39.2 billion from $57.6 billion in Q2.

    North American shale update

    Nov 17, 2014

    Production set to reach 15 MMboe/d in 2015

    NET Midstream constructs NET Mexico Pipeline ahead of schedule

    Nov 17, 2014

    NET Midstream reports that its affiliate, NET Mexico Pipeline Partners LLC, has completed construction of its 120-mile, 42-inch and 48-inch Texas intrastate pipeline ahead of its scheduled in-service date of Dec. 1.

    Leidos wins EPC contract with Magellan Midstream Partners

    Nov 17, 2014

    Leidos has won a contract from Magellan Midstream Partners LP to provide engineering, procurement, and construction services for a condensate splitter at Magellan’s Corpus Christi, Texas, processing and storage terminal.



    Intervale invests in American Disposal Services

    Nov 13, 2014

    Intervale Capital has acquired a majority stake in American Disposal Services, which provides disposal of injectable drilling and production waste in the Eagle Ford and Haynesville shale plays, with operating facilities in Frio, Atascosa, Fayette, and Newton counties in Texas.

    GCA: Falling oil price to have uneven effect on US unconventional plays

    Nov 11, 2014

    Falling oil prices will have an uneven effect across US unconventional plays based on the qualities of reservoirs within any given play, Gaffney Cline & Associates said in a recent report, noting there exists a complex relationship between the pace of shale production and falling futures prices for light, sweet crude oil.

    Halcón cutting number of drilling rigs due to slide in oil prices

    Nov 11, 2014

    Halcón Resources Corp. is cutting nearly half the rigs it originally planned to operate next year due to the more than 25% slide in crude oil prices.

    Southcross Holdings secures $210M commitment

    Nov 7, 2014

    Southcross Holdings LP reports the completion of a $210 million preferred equity commitment from Energy Capital Partners Mezzanine Opportunities Fund and GE Energy Financial Services.

    ETP plans new facilities, systems in Eagle Ford and Eaglebine areas

    Nov 6, 2014

    Energy Transfer Partners LP has entered into additional long-term gas gathering and processing agreements with producers in the growing Eagle Ford and Eaglebine production areas of south and southeast Texas. To facilitate these agreements, ETP has begun construction on two new cryogenic gas processing plants and additional gas gathering pipelines.

    PAA and Enterprise Products plan Eagle Ford JV Pipeline expansions, new terminal

    Nov 5, 2014

    Plains All American Pipeline LP (NYSE: PAA) and Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD) are constructing a new condensate gathering system into their Three Rivers terminal and doubling the mainline capacity on the Eagle Ford Joint Venture (JV) Pipeline from Three Rivers to Corpus Christi, Texas. These expansions are supported by a long-term production commitment and are expected to be placed into service in the third quarter of 2015.

    The Eagle Ford JV Pipeline system is a 50/50 joint venture between Plains and Enterprise that delivers crude oil and condensate via pipeline from Gardendale in La Salle County, Texas, to the Three Rivers and Corpus Christi refineries and to other markets via marine transport facilities at Corpus Christi. Furthermore, the pipeline supplies the Houston-area market through a connection to the Enterprise Crude Pipeline terminal at Lyssy in Wilson County, Texas.

    As part of the expansion, Plains and Enterprise will construct a new gathering system with 55 miles of gathering and trunkline pipeline that will connect Karnes County and Live Oak County production areas to the Three Rivers terminal. The companies will also construct an additional 70-mile, 20-inch pipeline from Three Rivers to Corpus Christi, as well as expand storage and pumping capacity at Three Rivers.

    Combined with the previously announced expansion, this project effectively loops the Eagle Ford JV Pipeline from Gardendale to Corpus Christi and increases the JV system capacity to over 600,000 barrels per day. The Eagle Ford JV Pipeline will be connected with the Cactus pipeline, which Plains is constructing from the Permian Basin at McCamey to the Eagle Ford JV Pipeline at Gardendale.

    Plains and Enterprise will also build a new terminal on the Corpus Christi ship channel to support the increased volumes to be shipped via pipeline to the region. The dock will have the capacity to handle a variety of ocean-going vessels and is planned to be in service by 2017.

    Pioneer pursues divestment of Eagle Ford midstream business

    Nov 5, 2014

    Pioneer Natural Resources Co. is pursuing the divestment of its 50.1% share of the Eagle Ford Shale (EFS) Midstream business. Reliance Holding USA Inc. owns the remaining 49.9% of the EFS Midstream business and also plans to pursue the divestment of its share in a joint process with Pioneer, which is the operator of the business.

    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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