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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

    Oil Sands

    Surprising to many, Canada is the No. 1 oil exporter to the United States. Increasingly, these supplies come from Canada’s oil sands in northern Alberta. That province’s estimated oil sands deposits are in excess of 1.7 trillion barrels of crude bitumen. More than $91 billion has been invested in the oil sands in recent years and over $170 billion in oil sands-related projects. Venezuela and California are also heavy oil producers.

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    Oil Sands News

    MasTec expands Canadian oil sands presence with acquisition

    Jul 1, 2014

    MasTec Inc. has acquired Pacer Construction Holdings Corp. and its affiliated operating companies. Pacer is a contractor in Western Canada, focusing on infrastructure construction supporting the oil and gas production/processing, mining, and transportation industries.

    DW comments on North American unconventional drilling success

    Jun 16, 2014

    Douglas-Westwood analysts have provided commentary on North American unconventional drilling success.

    Statoil, PTTEP to divide Canadian oil sands interests

    May 30, 2014

    Statoil and PTT Exploration and Production have completed an agreement to divide their respective interests in the Kai Kos Dehseh (KKD) oil sands project in northeast Alberta, Canada.

    Athabasca sells stake in oil sands project to partner PetroChina

    Apr 18, 2014

    Athasbasca Oil Corp has exercised an option to sell its 40% stake in the planned Dover oil sands project to its partner PetroChina Co. for C$1.32 billion ($1.20 billion) after the project received final approvals from the government of Alberta, Canada.

    IHS: Canadian oil sands investment will support more than 753,000 jobs by 2025

    Feb 11, 2014

    The economic contributions of oil sands—currently greater than that of Saskatchewan, Canada’s fifth largest province—will grow substantially in coming years as oil sands production is expected to double by 2025.

    Statoil, PTTEP swap Canadian oil sands assets

    Jan 31, 2014

    Statoil and the Thai exploration and production company PTTEP have signed an agreement to divide their respective interests in the Kai Kos Dehseh (KKD) oil sands project in Alberta, Canada.

    Gulfport Energy CEO to retire

    Jan 29, 2014

    James Palm, CEO of Gulfport Energy Corp. (Nasdaq:GPOR), has announced his intent to retire from the company on February 15, 2014. In addition, Palm will resign from the company's Board of Directors effective February 15, 2014.

    Sunshine Oilsands signs joint operating agreement for Muskwa, Godin areas

    Oct 21, 2013

    Shale oil impacting global markets

    Oct 10, 2013

    The US and Canada combined will be self-sufficient in total liquids before 2020

    ConocoPhillips sells Clyden oil sands asset

    Aug 13, 2013

    ConocoPhillips has agreed to sell its 100% interest in the Clyden oil sands leasehold to Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil Canada for approximately $720 million (C$751 million). Comprising 226,000 net acres of undeveloped land, Clyden is located near the southern edge of the Athabasca oil sands and south of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

     

    Schlumberger acquires Gushor Inc.

    Jun 19, 2013

    Schlumberger has acquired Gushor Inc., a petroleum geochemistry and fluid analysis company based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, that provides exploration and production (E&P) solutions in the heavy oil and oil sand industry.

    Hardcore enviros are not realistic

    Jun 11, 2013

    We hear a lot of noise these days from people who call themselves environmentalists. They come from all walks of life.

    Global energy story still unfolding

    May 1, 2013

    Let's talk about the dramatic changes that have taken place in the petroleum industry just in the past several years. It's quite a story.

    What the frac is a man camp?

    Apr 1, 2013

    Man camps. What exactly are they? This is the same question currently being posed by state, city, and county officials in booming oil towns across the United States and in Canada.

    Wood Mackenzie: Canadian crude prices to remain volatile as production from sanctioned oil sands projects ramps up

    Mar 27, 2013

    Canadian crude prices are expected to remain volatile for the rest of this decade according to a recent report by Wood Mackenzie. Even considering new infrastructure build, export capacity will remain tight as production from both Canada's oil sands and North Dakota's Bakken continues to increase.

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