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

NPC report: All energy options should be pursued

Aug 6, 2007 Every option, from developing unconventional fossil fuel resources to pursuing renewable and other alternatives, will need to be pursued if the world expects to meet its growing energy demand through 2030, the National Petroleum Council concluded in a recent study.

Mulva: Industry must ‘act with courage and forethought’ on energy

Aug 20, 2007 US energy policies should diversify sources, lower carbon intensity, improve energy efficiency, and encourage investments in new technologies, recommended ConocoPhillips Chief Executive James J. Mulva in a July 19 luncheon address at the US Chamber of Commerce.

COMMENT: Industry needs fresh approach to petroleum engineer training

Aug 27, 2007 As I contemplate attending the Oct. 13 homecoming at Louisiana Tech University to be recognized as a member of the graduating class of 1957, I look back with fond memories.

UNCONVENTIONAL GAS-1: Reserves, production grew greatly during last decade

Sep 3, 2007 From an emerging resource 1 decade ago, and a mostly overlooked resource 2 decades ago, unconventional gas is now a core business of many large independent producers and a growing number of the major oil and gas companies.

Uncertainties cloud Arctic gas pipelines outlook

Sep 17, 2007 Recent developments have created uncertainties for proposed natural gas transmission systems from Canada’s Mackenzie River Delta and Alaska’s North Slope to markets farther south, said Canadian and US government officials.

UNCONVENTIONAL GAS-2: Resource potential estimates likely to change

Sep 17, 2007 Understanding of the unconventional-gas resource base has improved in the past decade, but many unknowns remain.

COMPANY NEWS: GDF, Suez merge into major gas distributor, utility

Sep 24, 2007 Gaz de France and Suez, following approval of their boards and shareholders, reported Sept. 3 a merger of equals set to become the largest gas transmission and distribution network operator in Europe, the number two storage and LNG terminal operator in Europe, and one of the three top utilities worldwide.

UNCONVENTIONAL GAS-4: Technology, efficiencies keys to resource expansion

Oct 1, 2007 At the core of every successful unconventional gas play are two common themes: the continuous search for improvements in technology and the relentless pursuit of cost and operating efficiencies.

UNCONVENTIONAL GAS-5: Rising drilling, stimulation costs pressure economics

Oct 15, 2007 The sharp recent rise in well drilling and particularly well stimulation costs has led to the concern that much of the US unconventional gas resource may be becoming uneconomic.

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Oct 22, 2007

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.

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.

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.

The rise of coalbed methane

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

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.
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