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 Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, Woodford, Bakken, Niobrara, 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

Dyck named president, CEO of Ivanhoe Energy Canada

Oct 23, 2009

Independent international heavy oil development and production company Ivanhoe Energy Inc. has named David Dyck as president and CEO of Ivanhoe Energy Canada Inc.

Report: Global upstream spending growth by 2011, but caution prevails

Oct 15, 2009

Investment in the upstream sector will return to growth by 2011, reaching around US$350 billion in 2012, although caution remains, according to a new report by Wood Mackenzie.

Cobra completes purchase of interest in Utah Oil Sands project

Jul 28, 2009

Cobra Oil & Gas Co. has finalized the deal to purchase a 40% working interest on the Utah Oil Sands Project in Utah from Enercor.

Fluor wins $1.5B contract for Kearl Oil Sands project

Jul 8, 2009

Fluor Corp. was awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for infrastructure and offlease facilities for the first phase of Imperial Oil's Kearl oil sands project.

Sonic, Shell jointly apply for oil sands process patent

Jun 24, 2009

Sonic Technology Solutions Inc. and Shell Canada have jointly filed a patent application for the recovery of bitumen from oil sands. The application was filed jointly under a Collaboration Agreement between SonoOil and Shell. SonoOil is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sonic working with Shell to develop oil sand extraction process innovations.

How to keep from sinking in Canada’s oil sands

Jun 1, 2009 The dos and don’ts of cost reduction in the energy sector.

How to keep from sinking in Canada's oil sands

Jun 1, 2009

The dos and don’ts of cost reduction in the energy sector.

OGFJ, CanOils present 2008 year-end data, analysis on Canadian firms

Jun 1, 2009 Despite last year’s high oil prices, the top 100 Canadian producers barely managed to maintain output levels in 2008.

Imperial Oil approves first phase of Kearl oil sands project

May 27, 2009

Imperial Oil Ltd.'s board of directors has approved the first phase of the Kearl oil sands project, a surface mining operation northeast of Fort McMurray, Alberta.

IHS study sees oil sands move from the "fringe to center" of energy supply

May 18, 2009

Technological advance in the Canadian oil sands has made Canada the world's second largest holder of recoverable oil reserves, after Saudi Arabia, and "an increasingly important part of the fabric of hemispheric and global energy security", according to a new major study, Growth in the Canadian Oil Sands: Finding a New Balance by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA).

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Enerplus defers further development at Kirby oil sands project

Apr 19, 2009

North America's largest conventional oil and natural gas income fund, Enerplus Resources Fund, is deferring further development of the Kirby Oil Sands project.

SEC enacts new order to curb short selling

Oct 1, 2008 Just last month, Oil & Gas Financial Journal covered the issue of short selling stocks.

SEC enacts new order to curb short selling

Sep 30, 2008 The September issue of Oil & Gas Financial Journal covered the issue of short selling stocks (click here to view).

At the time, an unprecedented emergency order put in place by the SEC aimed to shield certain financial institutions against unlawful market manipulation had just ceased.

The SEC has just issued a new order, and this time, 799 institutions are on the list.

Oxy signs agreements with Libyan NOC; ramps up EOR projects

Aug 1, 2008 While Occidental Petroleum Corp. has secured its place as the fourth largest US oil and gas company, it is not stopping there.

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