International Unconventional

International Unconventional Description ImageThere has been substantial recent interest in shale gas potential in Eastern Europe. ExxonMobil has been working to identify shale gas resources in Germany and other large end-user markets. E&P companies have selected about a dozen basins in Europe for initial exploration, including the Cambrian Alum in southern Sweden, the Vienna Basin in Austria, multiple locations in Poland (especially the promising Gdansk Basin), the Weald Basin in England, the East Paris Basin in France (as well as two other locations in France), the Lower Saxony Basin in Germany and the very large Mako Trough in Hungary. China is another important area for shale gas, as is India. Chinese and American geologists have said that China’s shale gas potential is massive and could easily rival the largest basins in the US.

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BHI: US rig count decline shrinks to 6 this week, settles at 888

May 15, 2015

The trend of shrinking declines in the US drilling rig count continued during the week ended May 15. Just 6 units were laid down to settle at a total of 888 rigs working, representing the smallest drop in the 23 consecutive weeks in which the count has dived, easily surpassing last week’s 11 that went offline, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc. Since Dec. 5, 1,032 units have now gone offline.

Encana records 1Q net loss of $1.7 billion

May 12, 2015

Encana Corp. posted a first-quarter net loss of $1.7 billion primarily due to a noncash, aftertax ceiling test impairment and a non-operating foreign exchange loss.

Cold Lake project expansion starts production

May 11, 2015

ExxonMobil Corp. has started bitumen production at the $2-billion Cold Lake Nabiye project expansion in northeastern Alberta.

BHI: US rig count posts smallest decline in 22 weeks

May 8, 2015

During a week in which much of the oil and gas industry was either preoccupied with the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston or company earnings reports, the US drilling rig count snuck down just 11 more units to settle at 894 rigs working, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Apache reports 1Q net loss of $4.7 billion

May 7, 2015

Apache Corp. reported a first-quarter net loss of $4.7 billion, including an aftertax ceiling-test write down of $4.7 billion due to “substantially lower commodity prices.”

OTC: Many variables dictate N. America’s emergence as a global energy force

May 6, 2015

North American businesses and governments must work together toward the collective goal of advancing the continent’s energy aspirations. That was the message delivered by producers and government officials during a May 5 panel discussion at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

Crude export ban could endanger US oil renaissance, Encana CEO warns

May 6, 2015

The plunge in crude oil prices since last summer is creating adverse impacts sooner than expected, and could endanger the economic renaissance the US has undergone from its dramatically increased production if crude exports are not authorized soon, Encana Corp. Chief Executive Officer Douglas J. Suttles warned.

Husky Energy reports net earnings of $191 million (Can.)

May 6, 2015

Husky Energy Inc. reported first-quarter net earnings of $191 million (Can.) compared with a loss of $603 million in the previous quarter and year-ago earnings of $662 million.

CERAWeek: Evolutions of Pemex, YPF running parallel

Apr 23, 2015

Chief executives of Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and Argentina’s YPF SA are both seeing energy reforms within their respective countries, and both emphasize the need for investment from international oil and gas companies to achieve their new goals.

BHI: US rig count cut in more than half since Dec. 5

Apr 17, 2015

The US drilling rig count fell 34 units—all on land—to 954 rigs working during the week ended Apr. 17, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

BHI: US rig count falls under 1,000 for first time since 2009

Apr 10, 2015

After noticeably slowed declines over the previous 2 weeks, the US drilling rig count fell 40 units to 988 rigs working during the week ended Apr. 10, settling under 1,000 for the first time since Sept. 11, 2009, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Australian coalbed methane fields can yield lessons for US shale producers

Apr 1, 2015

The rapid growth in unconventional fuels–ranging from shale oil and gas to coalbed methane–has dramatically increased the complexity of field development and production management.

Veresen Midstream completes acquisition of Montney assets

Apr 1, 2015

Veresen Midstream LP has completed its acquisition of certain natural gas gathering and compression assets supporting development in the Montney area of northeastern British Columbia from Encana Corp. and Cutbank Ridge Partnership for $461 million (Can.).

NEB sees growth in bitumen production through 2018

Mar 31, 2015

Despite budget cuts for oil sands projects, Canada’s National Energy Board reports the potential of an additional 1 million b/d through 2018. Current bitumen production is less than 2.5 million b/d.

Chevron Canada applies with AER for 32 wells in Fox Creek area

Mar 30, 2015

Chevron Canada Resources has filed an application with Alberta Energy Regulator to drill 32 wells in the Duvernay formation in the Fox Creek area.

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