• 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

    National oil companies reshape the playing field

    May 1, 2013

    As the balance of power in the oil industry shifts from large international oil companies (IOCs) to national oil companies (NOCs), business models for players throughout the industry are shifting in response.

    Global impact of North American shale gas boom forces Qatar to shift focus

    Apr 16, 2013

    The global impact of the US shale gas boom was in further evidence this week as Qatar Petroleum, along with its MOU partner, Centrica, made its first move into the North American E&P market in a $1 billion acquisition of Canadian assets from Suncor Energy. North America had been earmarked by Qatar as a guaranteed market to sell its copious LNG export capacity in, but the US Shale boom has turned this idea on its head, as the middle-eastern NOC becomes the latest foreign power to move into the North American E&P arena.

    Foreign investors play increasing role in US shale development

    Apr 8, 2013

    Investors from outside the United States are playing an increasingly vital role in the US tight oil and shale natural gas industry, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Joint ventures by foreign companies accounted for 20% of the $133.7 billion invested in US tight oil and shale gas plays between 2008 and 2012.

    Northern Petroleum acquires Northern Alberta assets

    Mar 21, 2013

    Northern Petroleum Plc (AIM: NOP) acquired additional leases in Canada following the Alberta Crown lands sale that took place March 20, 2013.

    ConocoPhillips, PetroChina team up for unconventional natural gas exploration

    Feb 21, 2013

    Houston-based oil and gas giant ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) has teamed up with China’s largest oil and gas producer, PetroChina Company Ltd. (PetroChina) on agreements targeting the unconventional resource space in Western Australia and in China’s Sichuan Basin.

    Norwest restarts Western Australia shale gas well

    Jan 21, 2013

    Norwest Energy has restarted operations on the unconventional shale gas well, Arrowsmith-2, located in EP413, northern Perth Basin, Western Australia.


    NEOS GeoSolutions delivers results of Neuquen basin study in Argentina

    Dec 28, 2012

    On Dec. 28, Houston-based NEOS GeoSolutions Inc. said it had delivered the final results for Phase I of its integrated geological and geophysical study in Argentina’s Neuquén Basin to the project’s underwriters, a group that includes a North American supermajor.

    ZaZa Energy sells its French assets to Vermilion Energy

    Dec 27, 2012

    Houston-based ZaZa Energy Corporation [NASDAQ: ZAZA] said Dec. 27 that it has completed the sale of its French assets, comprising 100% of the shares of ZaZa Energy France SAS (ZEF), to Vermilion REP SAS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vermilion Energy Inc., for a gross purchase price of US$85.8 million.

    Concerns about fracing are causing Europe to miss out on shale gas boom

    Dec 26, 2012

    Europe’s loss is the United States’ gain with respect to shale gas production, says the chief executive of the world’s largest petrochemical group.

    Israel moves ahead with IEI oil shale project

    Dec 26, 2012

    The Supreme Court of Israel has rejected a petition against the IEI oil shale project, clearing a legal roadblock and allowing the project to move forward to the permitting phase.

    Far East Energy extends agreement with Standard Chartered Bank

    Dec 19, 2012

    Houston-based Far East Energy Corporation [OTCBB: FEEC] said Dec. 19 that it has entered into an amendment to its bridge facility agreement with Standard Chartered Bank.

    High gas prices force UK to offer tax incentives for shale gas development

    Dec 5, 2012

    The government of the United Kingdom is set to announce a number of tax incentives on Dec. 6 for the development of shale gas and is creating a new department (the Office for Unconventional Gas) in order to coordinate activities in the sector.

    Report calculates Colombian oil prospects for Sintana Energy

    Nov 21, 2012

    Sintana Energy Inc. has released results of an independent report detailing prospects for conventional and unconventional resources on its 43,000 acre block in Colombia.

    Fortescue invests in WA unconventional gas space

    Nov 15, 2012

    Fortescue, the world’s fourth largest iron ore producer, has entered the Western Australia unconventional gas space with an investment in Oil Basins Ltd., reported the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

    ExxonMobil, Sintana sign farmout agreement for Colombian unconventional resources

    Nov 13, 2012

    Sintana Energy Inc. has entered into a farmout agreement with Exxon Mobil Corp. for the exploration and development of unconventional oil and gas resources underlying the 43,000 acre VMM-37 Block in Colombia's Middle Magdalena Basin.

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