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

    Marcellus

    Marcellus Shale ImageThe Marcellus shale play runs through northern Appalachia, primarily in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Ohio. It is part of the Devonian black shale and the thickness of the gas-producing rock is as much as 900 feet. The formation runs an estimated 600 miles north to south, and is estimated to hold as much as 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, about 50 tcf of which is recoverable using current technology. It is one of the richest gas fields in North America.

    The proximity to customers in Eastern urban centers is what makes the Marcellus so desirable. Fort Worth-based Range Resources was one of the early players in the Marcellus and still has a huge position in the play. Norway’s Statoil has signed a joint venture with Chesapeake Energy to work together in the Marcellus, and other US and foreign companies also are involved in drilling and infrastructure development.

    Marcellus

    Marcellus Shale News

    Fagen acquires Pennsylvania site to better serve clients

    Sep 6, 2013

    Fagen Inc. is set to take possession of a multi-acre site in Houston, Pennsylvania, to provide equipment storage, tool storage and materials management for current and future projects in the buildout of the Utica/Appalachian Basin and Marcellus fields.

    PVR Partners to provide services for Hess in Utica shale

    Sep 4, 2013

    PVR Partners LP has entered into a definitive agreement with Hess Corp. to construct, own and operate a 45-mile natural gas trunkline and associated gathering pipelines and facilities servicing Hess's lean gas production in the Utica shale play in eastern Ohio.

    What will happen to the tsunami of Marcellus, Utica ethane production?

    Aug 28, 2013

    Over the next three years, the production of natural gas liquids from the Marcellus/Utica could octuple to more than 650 Mb/d. Nothing like that has ever happened in the NGL business before. It has already started. Last month MarkWest officially inaugurated the Appalachian ethane business. From 5 Mb/d today we could see 200 Mb/d by this time next year if the economics to move that much ethane made sense. But they won’t. Because there is nowhere for the additional ethane to go. Already up to 250 Mb/d of US ethane is being rejected – pushed back into natural gas in the Rockies, Midcontinent, and other regions. That number will be getting a lot bigger.  Today we will begin an examination of the ethane tsunami and what it means for NGL markets in the Northeast and in the center of the NGL universe – Mont Belvieu, TX.

    Prometheus signs LNG supply, services agreement with Antero in Marcellus, Utica

    Aug 20, 2013

    Prometheus Energy Group Inc., a supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the oil and gas, mine haul, process industry and remote power generation sectors, has signed an agreement to supply Antero Resources' LNG requirements to power a significant portion of its natural gas fueled drilling rigs in the Marcellus and Utica shales over a multi-year period.

    Pennsylvania air quality permit criteria for unconventionals

    Aug 12, 2013

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says that operators of unconventional gas wells will no longer be unconditionally exempt from seeking an air quality plan approval for wellsites. Plan approval authorizes the construction and temporary operation of air emissions sources.

    The growth of Enerplus

    Aug 5, 2013

    Ian Dundas, president and CEO of Enerplus Resources talks about the growth of the company.

    Early stage Utica Shale play busy building infrastructure

    Aug 5, 2013

    The Utica shale formation is larger than the Marcellus shale and runs beneath the Marcellus for the most part.

    East coast proximity a boost to Marcellus shale producers

    Aug 5, 2013

    The Marcellus shale play runs through northern Appalachia, primarily in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, and Ohio.

    Cabot announces sixth Marcellus rig in operations update

    Jul 27, 2013

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has added a sixth rig in its Marcellus Shale drilling program to establish an early start to its 2014 program. Additionally, the company reported continued success from its step-out drilling in the Marcellus and impressive results from its Eagle Ford drilling program.

    Schneider to add 60 jobs supporting Pennsylvania oil field

    Jul 2, 2013

    Schneider National Inc., a provider of truckload, logistics and intermodal services, is adding 60 oilfield truck drivers to support its energy business on the Marcellus shale formation.

    Magnum Hunter spuds on 18-well pad in eastern Ohio

    Jul 2, 2013

    Houston-based Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. has spudded the first well on its Stalder pad in eastern Monroe County, Ohio.

    Williams' board approves company's Bluegrass Pipeline project

    Jun 25, 2013

    Williams' (NYSE:WMB) board of directors has voted to approve the company's Bluegrass Pipeline project.

    Southwestern Energy closes acquisition of Marcellus shale properties

    Jun 25, 2013

    Southwestern Energy Co. has closed its recently announced acquisition of approximately 162,000 net acres in the Marcellus shale play in Pennsylvania.

    Johnson joins Wood Group Mustang's Onshore Business Unit

    Jun 19, 2013

    Wood Group Mustang's Onshore Business Unit has appointed Charles Johnson to the position of general manager, Bakken region. He will oversee the growing Wood Group Mustang presence in the region from the company's regional in Minot, North Dakota.

    Chesapeake, foreign partners set for big US shale spend in 2013

    Jun 17, 2013

    Analyzing Evaluate Energy’s recently released 2013 capital expenditure and average well cost data for the major US shale plays, it becomes clear that foreign companies will have a huge influence on how the industry develops over the coming year.

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