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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

    Permian Basin

    While the first Permian Basin well was drilled back in 1925, the liquids-rich area, comprised of the Midland Basin, the Delaware Basin, and the Marfa Basin, has experienced a revival of activity as the oil and gas industry's interest in unconventional resources grows along with new technologies and oil prices.

     

    Permian Basin

    Permian Basin News

    Report: US NG prices likely to remain low as supply growth outpaces demand

    Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    Demand for US natural gas continues to grow but Standard & Poor's Ratings Services expects robust supplies to continue to temper natural gas prices. Increased production will likely continue to outpace demand growth, keeping natural gas prices less than $4.00 per MMBtu for the next several years, according to a Standard & Poor's report published Aug. 4 titled "US Natural Gas Prices Will Remain Under Pressure As Supply Growth Continues To Outpace Demand." 

    TEAM Oil Tools acquires Odessa Packer Services

    Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    TEAM Oil Tools LP has acquired all the outstanding shares of Odessa Packer Services Inc. Founded in 1982, Odessa is an oilfield packer and downhole tool service company focused on the Permian Basin market.

    Parsley Energy expands management team

    Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Parsley Energy Inc. has appointed Brad Smith as Parsley’s vice president of corporate strategy and investor relations, effective Aug. 1.

    Shale oil production in Bakken, Eagle Ford grew slightly in June

    Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Oil production from the Bakken and Eagle Ford shale plays increased marginally in June vs. May, according to Bentek Energy, an analytics and forecasting unit of Platts.

    OVS Group appoints Barbarino as CEO

    Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    OVS Group has appointed Sebastiano Barbarino as CEO, replacing CEO Jose N. Alvarez, who is a founding member of the company. Alvarez will maintain a full-time role at OVS Group as chief research officer and will continue to serve as chairman of OVS Group’s board. 

    ONEOK Partners to further expand Permian Basin capacity to serve NG markets in Mexico

    Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ONEOK Partners LP plans to invest $70 million to $100 million to expand its ONEOK WesTex Transmission intrastate natural gas pipeline system by increasing its throughput capacity by 260 million cubic feet per day (MMcf/d) of natural gas by the first quarter of 2017.

    Platte River completes follow-on investment in First River Energy

    Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Platte River Equity has completed its follow-on investment in First River Energy LLC to facilitate the acquisition of Texas Gathering LLC and related assets. The transaction represents the first acquisition by First River since Platte River's initial investment in July 2014.

    Vinson & Elkins adds partner in Energy Transactions practice

    Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Oil and gas transactional lawyer Bryan Loocke has joined Vinson & Elkins as a partner in its Energy Transactions practice, where he will advise both corporate and private equity clients in the energy sector. He is based in the firm's Houston office.

    US oil drillers increase number of rigs despite price collapse

    Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Baker Hughes data shows that US oil producers gained a total of 19 oil rigs in the past week, with Texas alone seeing a net gain of eight rigs – proving that operations are moving forward, despite current oil price challenges.

    EQT to construct header pipeline for Range Resources

    Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    EQT Midstream Partners LP has entered into a definitive agreement with Range Resources – Appalachia LLC to construct a natural gas header pipeline in southwestern Pennsylvania to support Range’s dry Marcellus and Utica development.

    ConocoPhillips CEO on shale boom: We've only scratched the surface

    Technology innovation has expanded the world’s energy resource base and the oil and gas industry will continue to working to supply that growth, said ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) chairman and CEO Ryan Lance.

    ©2014 Michael Stravato. Provided courtesy of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University.

    Read the full article here. 


    US tight oil production averaged 3.22 day MMbbl/d in 4Q13, according to US EIA estimates. This level was enough to push overall crude oil production in the US to an average of 7.84 MMbbl/d, more than 10% of total world production, up from 9% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Read more here

    Can the shale gas rBart Willigers, Palantir Solutions Ltd. evolution currently taking place in the US be repeated elsewhere? Although significant volumes of unconventional gas deposits are present in Poland, France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK, shale gas developments are running many years behind their counterparts in the US. Skeptics have pointed out that differences in geology, taxes, public acceptance, environmental regulations and other factors in Europe vs. the US make for a tougher environment in which to develop unconventional resources. 

    Read the article by Bart J. A. Willigers of Palantir Solutions Ltd. here

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