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

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

ANGA-API study shows methane emissions 53 percent below EPA estimates

Oct 25, 2012

An updated survey by URS prepared for America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA) and the American Petroleum Institute (API) has found further reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas production.


Chesapeake Energy closes Permian Basin asset sales

Oct 22, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Corp. has completed the sale of its previously announced asset packages in the Permian Basin.

CLNG launches effort to highlight benefits of selling LNG

Oct 22, 2012

The Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG) has launched a new initiative and dedicated website focused on America’s opportunity to sell liquefied natural gas (LNG).

BP awards Colorado State $5 million research grant

Oct 18, 2012

Colorado State University has obtained a $5 million grant from BP covering five years to study mechanisms involved with technology for oil recovery.

AusTex Oil to raise up to A$12.5M to fund Mississippi Lime development

Oct 17, 2012

Oil and gas producer AusTex Oil Ltd. has plans to raise up to A$12.5 million in an equity capital raise which will fund the appraisal and development of the company's acreage in the light oil portion of the Mississippi Lime Play.

ExxonMobil adds to North American shale portfolio with Celtic Exploration acquisition

Oct 17, 2012

ExxonMobil will add to its liquids-rich North American unconventional portfolio as an affiliate of ExxonMobil Canada acquires Celtic Exploration Ltd.

Senergy, Apache to provide oil gas industry with geosteering software

Oct 9, 2012

Senergy and Apache Corp. have entered a partnership to provide the oil and gas industry with previously proprietary geosteering and other software aimed at improving the evaluation and productivity of unconventional resource developments.

How shale tilts the scale

Oct 1, 2012

Until recently, North America depended on imports of natural gas from other regions to meet its demands.

Dealing with regulatory risk

Oct 1, 2012

Political risk is a factor that energy companies everywhere have to take into account in their business strategy.

Sidewinder expands shale play exposure with $242M Union Drilling acquisition

Sep 25, 2012

In a deal valued at $242 million, Union Drilling Inc. will be acquired by Sidewinder Drilling Inc., a Houston-based startup land driller backed by Avista Capital Partners, a private equity firm.

Drilling Info releases new tools to help identify, evaluate unconventional hydrocarbon plays

Sep 24, 2012

Drilling Info Inc. has released DI PRO, a new integrated set of E&P Business Intelligence tools that, according to the company, radically shortens the time necessary to identify and evaluate emerging unconventional hydrocarbon plays. 

Latest Intelligence: How do we stand on the new Mississippian play?

Sep 24, 2012

Located in North-central Oklahoma and South-central Kansas, the Mississippian play (also called the Mississippi Lime) has produced from thousands of vertical wells for more than 50 years but has not stirred much interest for increased conventional development.

FMC’s quiet shale entrance may deepen its position in hydraulic fracturing

Sep 20, 2012

When FMC Technologies announced its intent to buy frac flowback service provider Pure Energy Services in late August, industry observers weren’t quite sure what to think of it.

TPH Partners backs Big Horn Energy Services

Sep 18, 2012

Houston-based TPH Partners II, LP, a middle-market energy private equity fund, has formed a partnership with Big Horn Energy Services, an oilfield service company headquartered in Midland, Texas. Big Horn provides oilfield water solutions in the Permian Basin, including real-time high-volume water transfer in support of hydraulic fracturing operations.

S&P report examines impact of hydraulic fracturing

Sep 18, 2012

The use of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal wells over the past few years have dramatically altered the US energy landscape, and many believe the boom is still in its relative infancy, according to a recent report published by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.

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