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

Watching Government: 'Golden Rules' for global gas

Jun 11, 2012

The International Energy Agency released a special unconventional gas report May 29 in London outlining "Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas."

EPP, Anadarko, DCP to build DJ basin-Texas NGL pipeline

Apr 12, 2012

Enterprise Products Partners LP, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., and DCP Midstream LLC plan to build a natural gas liquids pipeline from the Denver-Julesburg basin in Weld County, Colo., to Skellytown, Tex., roughly 435 miles.

Government energy help

Jan 30, 2012 Within the contradictory bravado about energy in US President Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech Jan. 24 hid raw material for a constructive point about governmental help in the development of energy technology.

NETL seeks proposals to manage unconventional gas project impacts

Dec 22, 2011

The National Energy Technology Laboratory has issued a request for proposals to study ways to improve environmental performance for unconventional natural gas projects.

ExxonMobil energy outlook expects growing unconventional gas role

Dec 9, 2011

Natural gas from shale and other unconventional sources will account for 30% of worldwide gas production by 2040, ExxonMobil Corp. said in its 2012 energy outlook. It projected a 30% increase in global energy demand from 2010 levels, but added that growth would be more than four times that amount without expected gains in efficiency.

EAGC2011: Shale gas development to be slow in coming, speakers warn

Nov 16, 2011

European production of unconventional gas, especially shale, may someday contribute a large portion of the region’s overall natural gas supply, but that time is a long way off and will be slow in coming, according to several speakers at this week’s European Autumn Gas Conference in Paris.

EAGC2011: Europe's gas industry struggles to secure supply, rational regulation

Nov 15, 2011

Regulatory and supply uncertainties continue to plague Europe’s natural gas industry, as made clear by presentations and discussion Nov. 15 at the opening of the annual European Autumn Gas Conference in Paris.

Poland: San Leon spuds Carboniferous strat test

Nov 11, 2011

San Leon Energy PLC has spudded the Siciny-2 stratigraphic test on the company’s 100% owned Gora concession 70 km southeast of Zielona Gora, Poland.

Shale gas subcommittee reviews industry, government progress

Nov 10, 2011

The US natural gas industry is working to ensure shale gas is produced in an environmentally safe manner and is working to disclose information that can help minimize public opposition toward shale development, an advisory committee to government said.

UK government probes report that fracing caused earthquakes

Nov 3, 2011

The UK government said it will consider “carefully” a report commissioned by explorer Cuadrilla Resources that acknowledges recent earthquakes in the country were caused by hydraulic fracturing.

ConocoPhillips commits to W. Australia shale gas project

Oct 6, 2011

ConocoPhillips has committed to its $109.5 million farmin to Perth-based New Standard Energy Ltd.’s (NSEL) Goldwyer shale gas project in Western Australia’s onshore Canning basin (OGJ Online, July 14, 2011).

Cuadrilla Resources announces large shale gas find in UK

Sep 22, 2011

Cuadrilla Resources estimates there is 200 tcf of natural gas in place at its exploration license area in the Bowland basin shale prospect in northwest England.

EIA forecasts higher global oil prices, growing volatility

Sep 19, 2011

The US Energy Information Administration still sees higher global crude oil demand and prices over the long run as national economies recover, but expects markets to grow more volatile in the near- to midterm as demand uncertainties multiply, acting EIA Administrator Howard K. Gruenspecht said as he released EIA’s latest International Energy Outlook.

Shell to explore for unconventional natural gas in Ukraine

Sep 7, 2011

Royal Dutch Shell PLC plans to invest as much as $800 million in exploring for unconventional natural gas in Ukraine, according to government officials who signed a recent cooperative agreement with Shell.

Australia: Beach sees multiple Nappamerri plays

Aug 29, 2011

Beach Energy Ltd., Adelaide, said it believes that in addition to substantial shale gas potential the Cooper basin in Australia also contains an unconventional basin-centered gas play.

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