• 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

    GlobalData: Russia looks to Asia to ease oil and gas industry pressures

    Jan 14, 2015

    External pressures on Russia’s oil and gas industry have compelled the country to seek partnerships with Asia-based companies to help with the production and marketing of its vast hydrocarbon resources, said Anna Belova, GlobalData’s upstream analyst covering the Former Soviet Union.

    Dispute resolution in oil and gas

    Jan 13, 2015

    Mechanisms to achieve a favorable outcome without disrupting business or souring relations with the opposing party

    AAG achieves milestones at Panzhuang CBM concession in China

    Jan 13, 2015

    AAG Energy Ltd., an independent coalbed methane (CBM) producer in China, focusing on the development and value optimization of unconventional gas resources to supply energy to the Chinese economy, says that the gross daily CBM production from its Panzhuang concession exceeded 50 million cubic feet per day on Dec. 24, 2014.

    Second Exxon Vaca Muerta shale well flows

    Dec 19, 2014

    Exxon Mobil Corp. has drilled its second well in the vast Vaca Muerta shale formation in Argentina, and, according to news sources, the company says that this second well is flowing at levels that meet or exceed the results of the first well.

    Petrox shareholders approve proposed amalgamation

    Dec 17, 2014

    Petrox Resources Corp. reports that its shareholders have approved the proposed amalgamation transaction with Shanghai Sinooil Energy Holding Corp.

    YPF signs shale exploration agreement with Petronas

    Dec 11, 2014

    Argentina's YPF has signed its $550 million agreement with Malaysia's Petronas for shale exploration in Argentina’s large Vaca Muerta shale formation, according to Reuters.

    Australia struggling to commercialize unconventional resources

    Dec 10, 2014

    Following disappointing results from recent exploration and production activities, Australia needs, now more than ever, a liquids-rich play to begin widespread and commercial unconventional development in the country, said Jonathan Lacouture, a GlobalData upstream analyst covering Asia-Pacific.

    Shell, Total to invest with GyP to develop shale projects in Argentina

    Dec 2, 2014

    Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA will invest $550 million with Gas y Petróleo del Neuquén SA (GyP), an energy company owned by the Argentine province of Neuquén, to develop two shale oil and gas pilot projects, according to a Reuters report.

    NCS Multistage proves performance of discrete fracture placement in Montney play

    Dec 2, 2014

    NCS Multistage reports the successful deployment of the company's patented Multistage Unlimited frac-isolation system to complete four Montney gas wells in the Pouce Coupe field. 

    Update on San Leon Energy operations in Poland

    Nov 26, 2014

    San Leon Energy is extending its licenses to explore for shale gas in northern Poland, according to the Associated Press, as results from its three vertical wells near the Baltic Sea coast encouraged the company to seek an extension to its licenses in the area.

    INEOS plans to invest $1B in UK shale gas

    Nov 24, 2014

    INEOS plans to invest $1 billion in shale gas exploration and appraisal in the UK as efforts to emulate the US shale boom ramp up.

    3Legs Resources sheds its last Polish shale gas concessions

    Nov 6, 2014

    British energy company 3Legs Resources has sold its last shale gas concessions in Poland to Sweden's Stena Group, making it the latest in a series of foreign investors to back out of Polish shale gas, which has failed to live up to its initial promise, according to Reuters.

    Sinopec eyes shale boost, debt reduction through $17.5B stake sale

    Nov 3, 2014

    Sinopec Corp. aims to use part of $17.5 billion in proceeds from a stake sale to boost shale gas production and lower debt, according to Reuters.

    Argentine Congress passes law to attract oil investment

    Oct 31, 2014

    Argentina's Congress has passed a law revamping energy investment regulations, the latest step by President Cristina Fernandez to lure foreign companies into the country's shale sector, including its vast but largely undeveloped Vaca Muerta shale oil and gas deposits, according to a Reuters report.

    Re-election of Rousseff hampers Brazil’s oil and gas sector

    Oct 29, 2014

    Frost & Sullivan Energy & Environment Research Analyst Maria Benintende comments on how the re-election of President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil will affect the Brazilian energy markets.

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