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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

    Niobrara

    Niobrara Shale Description ImageThe Niobrara shale formation is situated in northeastern Colorado and parts of adjacent Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. Primarily an oil play, it is in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, which has long been a major oil and gas province. An emerging play, the Niobrara is in its early stages and companies have been busy leasing land for future drilling. It has been compared by some to the Bakken shale formation farther to the north.

    Samson Oil & Gas is one of the earliest companies to establish a position in the Niobrara, which some call the “NeoBakken.” Other operators include EOG Resources, Anadarko Petroleum, SM Energy, Noble Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Whiting Petroleum, Quicksilver Resources, MDU Resources, and Bill Barrett Corp. Chesapeake and EOG each have about 400,000 net acres in the Niobrara.

    Niobrara Shale Map

    Niobrara Shale News

    Magellan Midstream extends open season for Saddlehorn Pipeline

    Dec 16, 2014

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP has extended the open season for commitments on the Saddlehorn Pipeline to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara shale play in northeast Colorado to Magellan's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    ARB Midstream hires senior director of commercial operations

    Dec 16, 2014

    ARB Midstream LLC has hired Paula Regan as senior director of commercial operations. She will be responsible for the management of rail shipments and trucking logistics, and will also work with terminal personnel to schedule activities at the Niobrara Connector terminal.

    Niobrara update

    Dec 16, 2014

    Anadarko and Noble are the two most active operators

    Wood Group acquires Swaggart Brothers

    Dec 15, 2014

    Wood Group has acquired Swaggart Brothers – an Oregon-based provider of civil construction and fabrication services to the US oil and gas, industrial, and agricultural sectors – for an initial consideration of $36.3 million with a further payment in 2017 based on future performance.

    Bill Barrett posts strong Wattenberg results

    Dec 11, 2014

    In its recent third quarter 2014 statement, Denver, CO-based Bill Barrett Corp. (NYSE: BBG) reiterated its efforts to simplify its portfolio and operate as an oil-focused player with sights on the Niobrara. Analysts say the company has showed strong oil growth and economic wells at current, and even lower, prices.

    PDC budgets $516M for Wattenberg projects in 2015

    Dec 10, 2014

    PDC Energy Inc. has set its capital budget for 2015 at $557 million, a decrease of 14% compared to its 2014 capital budget and plans to step back from Utica operations next year to focus the majority of its capital into what it believes will be highest-value Niobrara projects in the Inner and Middle core areas of the Wattenberg Field

    Magellan extends open season for Saddlehorn Pipeline

    Nov 24, 2014

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP reports an extension of the open season for commitments on the Saddlehorn Pipeline to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara play in northeast Colorado to Magellan's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma. Binding commitments are now due by 5 p.m. Central Time on Dec. 15.

    GCA: Falling oil price to have uneven effect on US unconventional plays

    Nov 11, 2014

    Falling oil prices will have an uneven effect across US unconventional plays based on the qualities of reservoirs within any given play, Gaffney Cline & Associates said in a recent report, noting there exists a complex relationship between the pace of shale production and falling futures prices for light, sweet crude oil.

    Magellan proceeds with Saddlehorn Pipeline, extends open season

    Nov 3, 2014

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP plans to proceed with the Saddlehorn Pipeline to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara play in northeast Colorado to Magellan's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    Open season for Saddlehorn Pipeline continues through Nov. 6

    Oct 30, 2014

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP and Saddle Butte Pipeline II LLC have entered into a letter of intent to jointly pursue the proposed Saddlehorn Pipeline to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara shale to Magellan's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    Magellan extends open season for proposed Saddlehorn pipeline

    Oct 22, 2014

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP has extended the open season for commitments on the proposed Saddlehorn pipeline to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara shale to the partnership's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    Baker Hughes reports well count for third quarter of this year

    Oct 13, 2014

    Baker Hughes Inc. reports that the US onshore well count for the third quarter of 2014 was 9,566 wells, up 110 wells or 1% compared to the second quarter of 2014. Compared to the third quarter of 2013, the well count was up 491 wells or 5%.

    Niobrara crude production takes off

    Oct 2, 2014

    Crude production from the DJ and Powder River Basin plays in the Niobrara shale in Colorado and Wyoming is up 260% to 361 Mb/d since January 2012 and is expected to double again by the end of 2019. Takeaway capacity is expanding but is complicated by crude streams travelling through the region from Canada and North Dakota. Here, a look at recent and planned expansions to Niobrara takeaway capacity.

    Tallgrass Pony Express plans pipeline system expansion

    Sep 26, 2014

    Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline LLC is pursuing a potential expansion of its crude oil pipeline system to transport growing production in areas around its existing system receipt points.

    Magellan launches open season for Niobrara pipeline to Cushing

    Sep 24, 2014

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP has launched an open season to assess customer interest to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara shale to the partnership's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma.

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