• 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.


    Eagle Ford | Marcellus | Cline | Permian | Utica | Bakken | Woodbine & Eaglebine

    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

    Liberty Energy encouraged by neighboring Transatlantic natural gas asset in Bulgaria

    Oct 25, 2012

    Houston, TX-based Liberty Energy Corp. has provided an update on its Bulgarian natural gas asset.

    3Legs Resources names new CEO, focuses attention on Poland shale gas

    Oct 18, 2012

    3Legs Resources plc, an independent oil and gas group focusing on the exploration and development of unconventional oil and gas resources, has named Kamlesh Parmar as CEO.

    Petsec adds to Alberta shale play acreage

    Sep 27, 2012

    Petsec Energy Ltd. has expanded its shale oil project area in the Western Sedimentary Basin of Alberta, Canada, the company said September 26.

    Western Australia sees opportunity in unconventional gas sector

    Sep 27, 2012

    As the global unconventional gas market gains momentum, activity in the Western Australian (WA) petroleum sector is heating up, said a senior WA government official.

    Global Oil Shale Holdings hopes to unlock oil shale industry in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

    Sep 26, 2012

    The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan signed a deal with Canada’s Global Oil Shale Holdings Ltd. (GOSH) to study the economic feasibility of an oil shale project Jordan.

    Quebec's natural resources minister wants complete ban on hydraulic fracturing

    Sep 20, 2012

    The former Liberal government in Quebec previously suspended shale gas exploration following pressure to continue investigations related to the ecologic effects of hydraulic fracturing, and now, Martine Ouellet, Quebec's new natural resources minister, has stated that she believes a complete moratorium on the practice should stand, reported Vancouver Sun.

    Petrofrontier closes second tranche of private placement for $10M

    Sep 19, 2012

    Calgary, Alberta-based Petrofrontier Corp. has closed the second tranche of its $10.0 million non-brokered private placement.

    European shale gas development still unlikely to replicate US growth

    Sep 17, 2012

    The shale gas revolution taking place in the US is unlikely to be repeated in Europe, at least at the pace currently taking place in North America.

    Goldwyer Shale program progressing for ConocoPhillips, New Standard Energy

    Sep 4, 2012

    Australia-based New Standard Energy Ltd. recently provided an update on the three well drilling program that kicked off in late August with ConocoPhillips in Australia’s Goldwyer Shale.

    Argentina looks to boost shale oil, shale gas production by way of China

    Aug 3, 2012

    A net energy importer for the first time in almost 20 years, Argentina is looking to boost output, in part, by seeking foreign partners to help unlock what the country sees as its vast unconventional oil and gas resources.


    Diversity characterizes Apache, but emphasis is on US onshore

    Aug 1, 2012


    Horizontal drilling boosts production in Mississippi Lime

    Aug 1, 2012

    Technology typically used for drilling and completing wells in shale formations has created a resurgence of interest in a non-shale play, the Mississippi Lime in northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas.

    An oil revolution is taking place in the US West and Mid-Continent

    Jul 1, 2012

    While the blockbuster plays in states such as Texas and North Dakota make the biggest headlines for increases in US crude oil production, there's no denying that developments in other states together add up to significant gains.

    Search for Poland Shale gas gets boost from San Leon Energy

    Jun 26, 2012

    Following the initial evaluation phase of the Siciny-2 well in the Carboniferous Basin in Poland and having evaluated the quality of five prospective zones for unconventional shale and tight gas accumulations, San Leon Energy is moving forward with a 220 km2 3D seismic survey over the location.

    Red tape contributed to ExxonMobil's decision to withdraw from Poland

    Jun 19, 2012

    Oil & Gas Financial Journal previously reported that Exxon Mobil Corp. [NYSE: XOM] had pulled the plug on further shale exploration in Poland due to poor results from test wells. However, there may be more to the story than simple economics.

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