• 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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    International Unconventional

    International Unconventional Description ImageThere has been substantial recent interest in shale gas potential in Eastern Europe. ExxonMobil has been working to identify shale gas resources in Germany and other large end-user markets. E&P companies have selected about a dozen basins in Europe for initial exploration, including the Cambrian Alum in southern Sweden, the Vienna Basin in Austria, multiple locations in Poland (especially the promising Gdansk Basin), the Weald Basin in England, the East Paris Basin in France (as well as two other locations in France), the Lower Saxony Basin in Germany and the very large Mako Trough in Hungary. China is another important area for shale gas, as is India. Chinese and American geologists have said that China’s shale gas potential is massive and could easily rival the largest basins in the US.

    International Unconventional News

    UKOOG and GMB reach landmark agreement on shale gas

    Jun 9, 2015

    United Kingdom Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG) and the GMB, a UK general trade union, have agreed on a joint charter on shale gas, focusing on safety, skills, and supply chain development.

    Conoco halts shale gas operations in Poland

    Jun 8, 2015

    ConocoPhillips has halted its shale gas exploration in Poland because of unsatisfactory results, Reuters says.

    CNPC discovers 100M tonnes of tight oil in Changqing field

    May 27, 2015

    China National Petroleum Corp. has discovered more than 100 million tonnes of tight oil in its Changqing field, said Reuters, citing company-run newspaper China Petroleum Daily.

    Questerre signs MOU to appraise, develop shale blocks in Jordan

    May 26, 2015

    Canada's Questerre Energy Corp. has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for the appraisal and development of oil shale acreage in Jordan.

    NZEC relinquishes East Cape permit in New Zealand

    May 22, 2015

    New Zealand Energy Corp. has relinquished Petroleum Exploration Permit (PEP) 52976 (East Cape) in the East Coast Basin of New Zealand’s North Island.

    Halliburton opens new HQ to support operations in Indonesia

    May 5, 2015

    Halliburton has opened its new Indonesian headquarters in Jakarta, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony held April 27. This facility serves as Halliburton’s headquarters for all of its business lines in Indonesia, which provide services to support customers’ activities in the country.

    NUTECH signs alliance with UKOG

    Mar 16, 2015

    NUTECH, which provides petrophysical analysis and reservoir intelligence, has signed an alliance and consulting services agreement with London-listed UK Oil & Gas Investments PLC (UKOG).

    Shell retreats from shale projects in South Africa

    Mar 16, 2015

    Due to the oil price plunge, Royal Dutch Shell is retreating from its shale projects in South Africa, according to Reuters.

    Oil and gas security

    Mar 11, 2015

    Standardization and continuity in security risk assessments improve decision-making

    Lion Energy to conduct unconventional joint studies in Sumatran Basin

    Mar 3, 2015

    Lion Energy Ltd. has received formal approval from the Directorate General of Oil and Gas (MIGAS) of the award of two separate unconventional joint studies over two highly prospective areas in Indonesia’s North and Central Sumatra basins.

    Chevron exits shale gas exploration in Romania

    Feb 24, 2015

    Chevron, which began shale gas drilling at its exploration well in northeastern Romania in 2014, has exited this exploration, according to Bloomberg, which says that Chevron is also ending its three other concessions in Romania.

    Sinopec to lead new national shale oil R&D center in China

    Feb 10, 2015

    Sinopec will head up China’s new National Shale Oil R&D Centre – an innovation platform approved by China’s National Energy Administration.

    IOCs may help China develop its unconventional and deepwater reserves

    Feb 9, 2015

    As China’s onshore oil fields mature, its three state-owned oil companies – CNOOC, CNPC, and Sinopec – are looking to develop the country’s unconventional and deepwater reserves, says Douglas-Westwood, which commented on "Opportunities for IOCs in China?" in its latest edition of DW Monday.

    Madalena Energy makes board changes

    Jan 27, 2015

    Madalena Energy Inc. has confirmed that Gus Halas has been appointed to Madalena’s board of directors and that Steven Sharpe has been elected chairman of the board.

    Vaca Muerta shale field increases region’s production output

    Jan 20, 2015

    Argentine provincial government data show that oil production in the country’s vast Vaca Muerta shale play, which is located in the Neuquén province, rose 6.75% in the second half of 2014 compared to the first half of the year, according to a Reuters report.

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