• 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

    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

    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.

    Epsilon Energy enters Canadian JV

    Sep 17, 2012

    Epsilon Energy Ltd. has entered into an oil-focused joint venture in Alberta with a private Canadian company, Epsilon announced Monday.

    Clark named CFO of water treatment solutions provider MyCelx

    Sep 13, 2012

    MyCelx Technologies Inc., a provider of clean water technology solutions to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Mark David Clark as CFO, treasurer and a member of the board. 

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