Other Unconventional Oil

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 Oil News

Global perspectives required for risk, opportunity analyses

Feb 9, 2009 The world has always held risks for upstream oil and gas companies, and it certainly shows no signs of becoming less risky in the near future.

NAPE: Geoscience gains hiking oil, gas recovery

Feb 9, 2009 Stiff gas-on-gas competition and a shakeout are approaching in the North American unconventional gas business, attendees were told Feb. 4 at an introductory session to the North American Prospect Expo in Houston.

OIL SHALE—3: Analytic approach estimates oil shale development economics

Feb 2, 2009 An analytical approach estimates that the minimum economic price for developing the vast US oil shale resources to be $38-62/bbl of shale oil produced.

Unconventional resources to keep pivotal supply role

Jan 26, 2009 For the past several years, leading major oil companies and independent producers have believed unconventional resources to be key elements of future energy supply.

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Jan 26, 2009

Discoveries boost output on Fell Block in Chile

Jan 19, 2009 GeoPark Holdings Ltd., Buenos Aires, said it is completing its $57 million 2008 capital program on the 440,000-acre Fell Block in southern Chile’s Austral basin.

OIL SHALE—1: US, world possess rich resource base

Jan 19, 2009 Oil shale contains a massive energy resource that potentially can contribute greatly to the world’s energy supply.

UNCONVENTIONAL GAS TECHNOLOGY—2: Custom technology makes shale resources profitable

Dec 24, 2007 Low permeability shales are unconventional gas reservoirs that are being more efficiently exploited with newly developed production technologies.

The rise of coalbed methane

Dec 17, 2007 Coalbed methane (CBM) production has spread to several countries since its meager beginnings in the US.

COMPANY NEWS: Chevron, Canadian firms report 2008 spending plans

Dec 17, 2007 One US major and two Canadian exploration and production companies have recently reported their preliminary capital spending plans for 2008.

SPECIAL REPORT: Model proposed for world conventional, unconventional gas

Dec 17, 2007 A long-term conventional and unconventional natural gas production model has been developed for the world.

SPECIAL REPORT: UNCONVENTIONAL GAS TECHNOLOGY—1: Advances in fracs and fluids improve tight-gas production

Dec 17, 2007 Only 10 years ago, unconventional gas was an emerging resource; now it’s a core business of many large independent producers and a growing number of major operating companies.

UNCONVENTIONAL GAS-Conclusion: Outlook sees resource growth during next decade

Nov 19, 2007 Modeling and analyses indicate that as long as natural gas prices do not fall dramatically unconventional gas production will continue to expand, particularly as investment in improved recovery technology continues and as new plays and prospects are developed.

GLOBAL OIL RESERVES-2: Recovery factors leave EOR plenty of room for growth

Nov 12, 2007 Within a broad context, the applicability of the assortment of improved oil recovery and enhanced oil recovery technologies depends by and large on two factors: the API gravity of the oils and the depth of the reservoirs.

Task force: US can shrink oil gap with unconventional fuels

Nov 5, 2007 The US government and oil industry must jointly take aggressive action to slow the growth in oil demand and to increase oil supply with help from unconventional sources, reported the Federal Task Force on Strategic Unconventional Fuels in September.
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