Niobrara

Niobrara Shale Description ImageThe Niobrara shale formation is situated in northeastern Colorado and parts of adjacent Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. Primarily an oil play, it is in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, which has long been a major oil and gas province. An emerging play, the Niobrara is in its early stages and companies have been busy leasing land for future drilling. It has been compared by some to the Bakken shale formation farther to the north.

Samson Oil & Gas is one of the earliest companies to establish a position in the Niobrara, which some call the “NeoBakken.” Other operators include EOG Resources, Anadarko Petroleum, SM Energy, Noble Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Whiting Petroleum, Quicksilver Resources, MDU Resources, and Bill Barrett Corp. Chesapeake and EOG each have about 400,000 net acres in the Niobrara.

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Niobrara Shale News

Wyoming: NDB Energy to pursue Niobrara play

Apr 3, 2012

NDB Energy Inc., Houston, completed the acquisition of private Armada Oil Inc., which has interests in the Niobrara play in southern Wyoming’s Laramie and Hanna basins.

Colorado: Sand Wash Niobrara program to start

May 8, 2012

Quicksilver Resources Inc., Fort Worth, said it expects to begin an exploratory drilling program of as many as seven vertical and horizontal wells later this month in the Sand Wash basin of northwestern Colorado.

Chesapeake puts some DJ basin assets on sales block

May 24, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, has put 503,863 net acres of its oil and natural gas holdings in the Denver-Julesberg basin up for sale. The acreage includes the Niobrara shale play of northern Colorado.

FOCUS: UNCONVENTIONAL OIL & GAS — Anadarko, Noble upbeat on Niobrara resource potential

Jun 4, 2012

Two key operators in the emerging Niobrara play were among a handful of oil companies recently touting the Niobrara's resource potential in Wattenberg field in the Denver-Julesburg basin during first-quarter earnings conference calls.

Double Eagle updates Wyoming Niobrara, CBM work

Oct 2, 2012

Double Eagle Petroleum Co., Denver, and Warren Resources Inc., New York, the two major owners of the Spyglass Hill and Catalina units in the Atlantic Rim of the Washakie basin in Wyoming, have exercised preferential rights to acquire additional working interest in the units from a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Indian oil firms to buy stake in Carrizo's Niobrara shale assets

Oct 4, 2012

Oil India Ltd. (OIL) and Indian Oil Corp. (IOC) jointly agreed to acquire 30% of Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc.’s liquid-rich shale assets in the Niobrara basin in Colorado through their wholly owned US subsidiaries for $82.5 million total, marking the India parent companies’ first US upstream acquisition.

Double Eagle updates Wyoming Niobrara, CBM work

Oct 8, 2012

Double Eagle Petroleum Co., Denver, and Warren Resources Inc., New York, the two major owners of the Spyglass Hill and Catalina units in the Atlantic Rim of the Washakie basin in Wyoming, have exercised preferential rights to acquire additional working interest in the units from a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

Colorado: Carrizo, China firm to form Niobrara JV

Oct 26, 2012

Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. and Haimo Oil & Gas LLC will form new joint venture in the Niobrara play in the Denver basin in northeastern Colorado.

NuStar announces Niobrara shale-to-Texas oil line

Dec 3, 2012

NuStar Energy LP affiliate NuStar Logistics LP launched a binding open season to assess shipper interest in firm priority space on its Niobrara Falls Project transporting crude oil from the Niobrara shale near Platteville and Watkins, Colo., to Wichita Falls, Tex.

Noble Energy calls Niobrara 'top-tier oil play'

Dec 7, 2012

Noble Energy Inc. plans to invest $1.7 billion in the Denver-Julesburg basin, primarily in northern Colorado, during 2013, and the company estimates its net resources in Wattenberg and Niobrara at 2.1 billion boe.

Chesapeake to sell midstream assets in various US shale plays

Dec 12, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Corp. plans to sell midstream assets in the Marcellus, Utica, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, and Niobrara to Access Midstream Partners for $2.16 billion in a transaction expected to close by Dec. 31.

Noble Energy calls Niobrara 'top-tier oil play'

Dec 17, 2012

Noble Energy Inc. plans to invest $1.7 billion in the Denver-Julesburg basin, primarily in northern Colorado, during 2013, and the company estimates its net reserves in Wattenberg and Niobrara at 2.1 billion boe.

WPX gauges Piceance horizontal Niobrara gas find

Jan 23, 2013

WPX Energy Inc., Tulsa, has revealed a horizontal Niobrara shale gas discovery in the Piceance basin of Colorado that the company said has the potential to ultimately more than double its current 18 tcf equivalent of proved, probable, and possible reserves.

Caerus to buy PDC Energy’s noncore Colorado natural gas assets

Feb 6, 2013

Caerus Oil & Gas LLC plans to buy what PDC Energy Inc. considers its noncore Colorado natural gas assets for $200 million.

WPX gauges Piceance horizontal Niobrara gas find

Feb 11, 2013

WPX Energy Inc., Tulsa, has revealed a horizontal Niobrara shale gas discovery in the Piceance basin of Colorado that the company said has the potential to ultimately more than double its current 18 tcf equivalent of proved, probable, and possible reserves.

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