• 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

    CEC North Star moves forward with its heavy oil projects in Canada

    Dec 28, 2012

    Calgary-based CEC North Star Energy Ltd., a private heavy oil company with substantial oil sands lease holdings in the Peace River block of northern Alberta, has updated the findings of its geological analysis and is continuing to de-risk the project.

    Oil States to acquire Tempress Technologies

    Dec 17, 2012

    Houston-based Oil States International Inc. (NYSE: OIS) said Dec. 17 that its subsidiary, Oil States Energy Services Inc., has acquired Tempress Technologies Inc.

    Nexen, CNOOC deal receives Canadian approval

    Dec 7, 2012

    Canadian-based energy company Nexen Inc. said Friday that under the terms of the Investment Canada Act, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, has approved the proposed acquisition of Nexen by CNOOC Limited (CNOOC). No further approvals are required in Canada.

    Oil sands producer Suncor Energy selects AVEVA for data management

    Nov 15, 2012

    Canadian oil sands producer Suncor Energy has implemented AVEVA NET to support its data integrity management program for a new bitumen processing project in Alberta.

    Canada oil sands continue to gain global attention

    Nov 14, 2012

    Canada holds the largest crude oil deposits outside the Middle East, most of which are in the form of oil sands, and are expected to play a major role in supplying the world’s future energy requirements, states a new report by energy experts GlobalData.

    Sunshine Oilsands closes CDN$200M syndicated credit facility

    Oct 12, 2012

    Calgary based Sunshine Oilsands Ltd. has closed a CDN$200 million syndicated secured credit facility that will be used to complete the final construction of the ongoing West Ells project, to fund the front end portion of the Thickwood project and to advance program and regulatory development to expand capacity for the West Ells, Thickwood and Legend Lake projects.

    Surmont Energy submits applications for Alberta Wildwood oil sands project

    Oct 4, 2012

    With applications for regulatory approval submitted, Calgary-based private company Surmont Energy Ltd. has reached another milestone in its Alberta oil sands production plan.

    M&A pace increases as China strikes its biggest deal to date

    Sep 1, 2012

    As previously reported by PLS Inc., Chinese and Asian NOCs have been active buyers in the acquisition markets accounting for approximately 15% - 20% of the global value for E&P deals since 2009.

    Shell awards Alberta oil sands supply contract to Iracore International

    Aug 23, 2012

    Hibbing, Minn.-based Iracore International Inc. has been awarded a long-term contract by Shell Canada Energy for the supply of Iracore lined pipe and fittings for use in the Alberta oil sands.

    CNOOC, Nexen agree to merge

    Jul 23, 2012

    CNOOC Ltd. and Nexen Inc. have entered into a definitive agreement under which CNOOC Limited will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Nexen for US$27.50 per share in cash.

    Some oil sands producers improving their environmental performance

    Jul 1, 2012

    While overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from oil sands operations are still rising, some producers are improving their environmental performance, according to the latest available government data analyzed by CanOils.

    Technology unlocks more Bakken oil

    Jul 1, 2012

    Production from the Bakken formation in the Williston Basin has been improving steadily with technological advances.

    US oil plays threaten Canadian oil sands margins

    Jun 11, 2012

    The Canadian oil sands industry may once again be forced to table projects as it did in 2008 and 2009 when the global recession added to difficulties already faced by the industry. In addition to high operational costs, declining oil prices, and a skilled personnel shortage, oil sands projects now face competition from growing tight oil production from US oil plays – particularly North Dakota’s Bakken, noted Wood Mackenzie in a recent report. 

    Study: US must encourage development of Canadian oil sands, mitigation of CO2 emissions

    Jun 11, 2012

    To successfully reduce the United States' dependence on fuels from outside North America, the government must pursue policies that foster the diversion of Canadian oil sands crude to US Gulf Coast refineries, according to a new study by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

    Surmont Energy completes $8.5M Alberta oilsands exploration program

    Mar 23, 2012

    Calgary-based private company Surmont Energy Ltd. has completed its winter 2011/2012 oilsands exploration program at the company’s oilsands leases located about 70 kilometres southwest of Ft. McMurray, Alberta.

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