• 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

    Nexen names Fox VP of international oil, gas

    Apr 7, 2010

    Canadian-based independent energy company Nexen Inc. has appointed Matt Fox as executive vice president, international oil and gas.

    Susan MacKenzie named COO of Oilsands Quest

    Mar 30, 2010

    Oilsands Quest has appointed Susan MacKenzie as COO.

    Devon, BP form Kirby oil sands joint venture

    Mar 12, 2010

    Devon Energy Corp. has formed a heavy oil joint venture with BP to develop BP's Kirby oil sands leases in Alberta, Canada. In order to facilitate the oil sands joint venture, Devon will acquire 50% of BP's interest in the Kirby oil sands leases.

    Devon, BP enter $7B asset transaction, oil sands JV

    Mar 11, 2010

    Oklahoma City-based independent energy company Devon Energy Corp. has entered into agreements to sell all of its assets in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, and Azerbaijan to BP for $7 billion. The two companies also plan to form a heavy oil joint venture to develop BP's Kirby oil sands leases in Alberta, Canada.

    Grizzly submits application for Algar Lake oil sands project

    Mar 4, 2010

    Grizzly Oil Sands ULC, a company in which Oklahoma City-based Gulfport Energy Corp. holds an approximate 25% interest, submitted an application to the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board and Alberta Environment for the development of an 11,300 barrel per day oil sands project at Algar Lake.

    Recovery continues as income, revenues show steady increase over two quarters

    Feb 1, 2010 A year ago when we reported third-quarter financial results from 2008, income had jumped 66% on revenues that were up 112% from 3Q07. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then.

    Service and supply firms furnish industry's technology and expertise

    Feb 1, 2010

    Oilfield service and equipment supply companies form the backbone of the petroleum industry. Without them, oil and gas exploration and production would be difficult to impossible.

    For C$250, ExxonMobil, Imperial buy oil sands assets from UTS

    Nov 3, 2009

    Calgary-based UTS Energy Corp. has sold its 50% working interest in Alberta Oil Sands Lease Nos. 421, 022 and 023 located east of the Firebag River in north-eastern Alberta to Imperial Oil and ExxonMobil for C$250 million.

    Stand up for natural gas industry

    Nov 1, 2009 I realize I'm preaching to the choir here, but I still don't see why America isn't making better use of its abundant natural gas resources.

    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.

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