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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

    Other Unconventional

    Other Unconventional Description ImageIn addition to the well-known gas shale plays like the Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, and Eagle Ford, and oil plays like the Bakken, there are perhaps dozens of smaller, less well-known resource plays, many of which are in the very early stages of exploration and development. Some of the plays are shale and others are tight gas or coalbed methane. Many are in the United States and Canada, but increasingly exploration and production companies are using modern drilling and production technology to develop natural gas and oil from unconventional subsurface formations in Europe and Asia. Doubtless, unconventional resources eventually will be exploited in Africa, South America, and Australia as well. What we call “unconventional” today will be considered “conventional” in time.

    Other Unconventional News

    GlobalData: China on track to meet 2015 shale goal; 2020 target challenging

    Apr 1, 2014

    Recent production surges and developments by major state-owned exploration companies show promise for China to meet its 2015 shale gas production goal, but its ambitious 2020 target remains distant and a shale gas ecosystem development has proven sluggish.

    Tight oil production pushes US crude supply to over 10% of world total

    Mar 26, 2014

    US tight oil production averaged 3.22 MMbbl/d in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to US EIA estimates. This level was enough to push overall crude oil production in the US to an average of 7.84 MMbbl/d, more than 10% of total world production, up from 9% in the fourth quarter of 2012.

    Why Ukraine is important

    Mar 13, 2014

    Vladimir Putin has seized the Crimean peninsula on the Black Sea from Ukraine as this issue of Oil & Gas Financial Journal goes to press.

    Today’s deal markets signify diversity in the US and around the globe

    Mar 13, 2014

    PLS Inc. wishes to extend Oil & Gas Financial Journal and its dedicated team congratulations on 10 years of providing critical market intelligence on the oil and gas industry.

    US chemical investment linked to shale gas reaches $100B

    Feb 21, 2014

    The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports that potential US chemical industry investment linked to plentiful and affordable natural gas and natural gas liquids from shale formations has topped $100 billion.

    Breitling acquires rights to Permian Basin acreage

    Feb 21, 2014

    Breitling Energy Corp. has entered into a farm-out agreement with Steller Energy and Investment Corp., which had previously entered into an agreement with Clayton Williams Energy Inc. for the exploration and development of 3,680 acres in Sterling County, Texas.

    Diamondback Energy to acquire Permian acreage

    Feb 19, 2014

    Diamondback Energy Inc. has entered into definitive purchase agreements with unrelated third-party sellers to acquire additional leasehold interests in Martin County, Texas, in the Permian Basin, for an aggregate purchase price of $174 million.

    San Leon, Baker Hughes team up on Polish shale

    Feb 13, 2014

    UK-listed gas explorer San Leon and US oil services firm Baker Hughes have signed a letter of intent to jointly develop Poland's Skiekierki shale gas field, according to Reuters.

    ExxonMobil expands Permian Basin acreage

    Feb 5, 2014

    Through an agreement with Endeavor Energy Resources LP, XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp., has agreed to fund development to gain operating equity in 34,000 gross acres in the liquids-rich Wolfcamp in Texas’s Midland and Upton counties.

    Royalty wars

    Jan 1, 2014

    The term "post-production costs" is a seemingly dull phrase that has captured national attention, and rightly so.

    Building a stronger pipe company

    Nov 12, 2013

    Russia's TMK is the largest steel pipe producer in the world with the widest range of pipe products.

    Environmental Roadblocks

    Nov 12, 2013

    Strategies aim to derail natural gas infrastructure projects

    Talisman Energy to sell portion of Montney position for US$1.4B

    Nov 8, 2013

    Calgary-based Talisman Energy Inc. has agreed to sell part of its Montney acreage in northeast British Columbia to Progress Energy Canada Ltd. for a total cash consideration of US$1.4 billion (CDN$1.5 billion).

    Global update on shale development

    Sep 18, 2013

    Advances in the US, China, and Argentina evolve the shape of global shale markets

    UK aims to kick-start British shale revolution

    Aug 5, 2013

    What a difference a year makes. In the summer of 2012 shale gas exploration in the United Kingdom was subject to a moratorium following earth tremors allegedly linked to drilling in Lancashire, North-West England.

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