• 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

    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. 

    MEXICO: The Time is Now

    Sep 1, 2012

    Part II of Focus Reports' feature on Mexico

    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

    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.

    Race to monetize shale gas assets

    Sep 1, 2012

    Unconventional gas is coming online at a time when markets are struggling to manage the transition away from coal-fired power generation.

    Stifel Nicolaus: Mississippian Lime should remain strong, but key risks remain

    Aug 22, 2012

    The economics of the Missisippian Lime Play should remain strong given the low drilling costs and improving estimated ultimate recoveries, but three key risks remain, according to Stifel Nicolaus analysts following an August 17 webcast.

    Well results lower than Bakken Shale, but Mississippian gets boost from lower drilling costs

    Aug 1, 2012

    Despite weaker well results than those in the prolific Bakken Shale play, shallower wells and cheaper drilling costs are boosting economics and driving increased industry interest in the Mississippian Oil Play, according to a new report from IHS.

    Spectraseis, Calmena launch integrated microseismic fracture monitoring services in Canada

    Jul 30, 2012

    Calmena Energy Services Inc. and Spectraseis have partnered to provide microseismic acquisition, imaging and advisory services in Canada.

    Pegasi releases initial production results from Bossier shale well

    Jul 10, 2012

    Tyler, TX-based Pegasi Energy Resources Corp. has released initial production results of its first horizontal well in Cass County, Texas.

    Upstream News

    Jul 1, 2012

    Increased complexity presents big data challenges for industry

    Jul 1, 2012

    According to Goldman Sachs, more than $1.2 trillion will be spent in the next five years on oil and gas projects around the world.

    MGM Energy partners with Shell to access Canol shale potential

    Jun 29, 2012

    Hoping to access the potential of Canada’s Canol shale play, MGM Energy Corp. has partnered with Shell in the Central Mackenzie Valley.

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