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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

    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

    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.

    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.

    MEXICO: The Time is Now

    Sep 1, 2012

    Part II of Focus Reports' feature on Mexico

    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.

    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.

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