• 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

    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

    WorleyParsonsCord to provide services for Canadian oil sands project

    Jan 26, 2015

    WorleyParsons Ltd.’s Canadian subsidiary WorleyParsonsCord has been selected to provide fabrication, modularization, and construction services in an agreement with a major exploration and production company in Canada to construct a significant oil sands mining project.

    Breitling Energy updates on Wilcox Sands project

    Jan 2, 2015

    Breitling Energy Corp. has provided an update on its participation in the new Wilcox Sands project. The company is participating in the Jackson prospect with Frank Davis Exploration Co. 

    Breitling drills new Wilcox shale project

    Dec 9, 2014

    Breitling Energy Corp. is participating in the Jackson Prospect with Natchez, Mississippi-based Frank Davis Exploration Co., drilling a directional well from Concordia Parish, Louisiana, to Adams County, Mississippi.

    American Sands Energy extends leases on Sunnyside resources

    Oct 2, 2014

    American Sands Energy Corp., an oil sands exploration and development company operating in Utah, has extended all its leases through December 2019.

    Statoil postpones Corner oil sands project

    Sep 26, 2014

    Statoil has decided to postpone its previously planned Corner field development at the Kai Kos Dehseh oil sands project in Alberta, Canada, for at least three years.

    Fluor secures Canadian oil sands contract

    Sep 24, 2014

    Fluor Corp. has been awarded an engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction contract by Fort Hills Energy LP for the utilities scope of the Fort Hills oil sands mining project. The project is located about 90 kilometers north of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada.

    Athabasca CEO to retire; company raises capital budget

    Sep 9, 2014

    Athabasca Oil Corp. increased its capital budget for the year and announced that its chief executive of seven years would retire on Sept. 30, according to Reuters.  

    Resurgent IPO market provides fresh capital for increasing deal activity

    Jul 18, 2014

    PLS reports that year-to-date, the upstream A&D markets are significantly outperforming year-ago comparisons.

    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.

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