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

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. 

Overhaul of drilling rigs leads to record profits for equipment makers

Sep 11, 2012

Energy industry equipment makers are in the midst of a boom thanks to the first major overhaul of drilling rigs in a generation, reported the Wall Street Journal on Monday.

Encana board concludes company did not engage in collusion

Sep 5, 2012

The board of directors of Calgary-based Encana (TSX: ECA) (NYSE: ECA) said September 5 that it has completed its investigation into allegations of collusion with competitors regarding land leasing in Michigan in 2010.

Heckmann, Power Fuels to merge create energy-focused environmental services company

Sep 4, 2012

Heckmann Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to merge with Power Fuels, a privately held North Dakota-based environmental services provider focused on the transportation, treatment, recycling, and disposal of fluids at Power Fuels’ sites. 

Australia’s coming LNG boom

Sep 1, 2012

The Land Down Under could displace Qatar as the top LNG exporter in the world by 2020

MEXICO: The Time is Now

Sep 1, 2012

Part II of Focus Reports' feature on Mexico

Diverse unconventional resource plays characterize Western US

Sep 1, 2012

The most important Western US unconventional resource play not named Bakken is the Niobrara, which is found in various states, but most notably in the Denver-Julesburg basin in Colorado, Wyoming, and a small portion of western Nebraska.

US lawmakers challenge CNOOC, Nexen deal

Sep 1, 2012

Since 2007, China has been steadily increasing its outbound energy mergers and acquisitions as a way to shore up oil and gas assets and grow the expertise needed to develop its own vast reserves of shale gas and other unconventional reserves.

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