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

Study: Gas to play major GHG reduction role in near term

Jul 5, 2010 While tight carbon constraints could lead to less natural gas being used to generate power in the long run, gas will play a substantial part in the coming decades in enabling substantial near-term carbon emissions reductions, a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology study concluded.

Special Report: Midyear Forecast: US, Canada drilling rekindled as gulf faces uncertainty

Jul 5, 2010 Drilling onshore in the US and in western Canada is enjoying a brisk uptick from 2009 as US Gulf of Mexico activity succumbs to federal regulatory uncertainty.

Shale gas changes N. American gas production projections

Jul 1, 2010 Estimates of ultimate gas recovery from shales have changed the outlook for gas production in the US and Canada.

Study: Gas to play major GHG reduction role in near term

Jun 28, 2010

While tight carbon constraints could lead to less natural gas being used to generate power in the long run, gas will play a substantial part in the coming decades in enabling substantial near-term carbon emissions reductions, a new Massachusetts Institute of Technology study concluded.

Study notes growth of Chinese NOCs

Jun 28, 2010 Aggressive asset purchases and mergers will push net overseas oil and gas production by China's three large national oil companies (NOCs) to a record 1 million boe/d this year, says a study by Wood Mackenzie.

Study notes global growth of Chinese NOCs

Jun 17, 2010

Aggressive asset purchases and mergers will push net overseas oil and gas production by China’s three large national oil companies (NOCs) to a record 1 million boe/d this year, says a study by Wood Mackenzie.

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Jun 7, 2010

Hydraulic fracturing liabilities suggest insurance coverage

May 24, 2010 Hydraulic fracturing, used for decades to increase the production of oil and natural gas, has recently become the subject of heightened inquiry and debate.

Eurogas sees larger role for natural gas

May 17, 2010

Any future outlook for sustainable energy must involve a larger role for natural gas, said members of the European Union of the Natural Gas Industry (Eurogas) after its forecasting task force recently updated its 2007 assessment.

OTC speakers highlight offshore industry's future

May 10, 2010 This report was reported and written by Bob Tippee, editor; Steven Poruban, senior editor; and Paula Dittrick, senior staff writer.

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May 10, 2010

CHINA'S ENDOWMENT—2: China assesses unconventional land oil shale, oil sands, coal gas resources

Apr 26, 2010 The China National Petroleum Assessment (2003-07) evaluated coalbed methane, oil shale, and oil sands resources in Chinese onshore basins.

CHINA'S ENDOWMENT—1: China assesses conventional resources in 115 basins

Apr 19, 2010

The China National Petroleum Assessment (2003-07) evaluated conventional oil and gas resources in 115 Chinese basins.

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Apr 19, 2010

Modeling exercises assess US CO2-EOR potential

Apr 12, 2010

Modeling exercises indicate carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery might recover a considerable amount of technically and economically incremental oil in different regions of the US under various technology scenarios.

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