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: Did Maryland go too far?

Dec 8, 2014

Maryland finally proposed a strategy to regulate unconventional natural gas exploration and production on Nov. 25. The question quickly moved from what was taking so long to whether it went too far.

National Forest in Va., W.Va., leaves fracing to state governments

Nov 18, 2014

The George Washington National Forest in Virginia and West Virginia will allow some oil and gas activity using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling under its new final forest plan, which was released in Roanoke, Va., on Nov. 18.

US refiners could process more light tight crudes, study finds

Oct 6, 2014

US refiners will have the capacity by 2020 to process 3.1-4.3 million b/d more of light, tight crude oil (LTC) than in fourth-quarter 2013, according to a Baker & O’Brien Inc. study commissioned by Consumers & Refiners United for Domestic Energy (CRUDE).

IHS: Unconventional supply chain industries support growing number of jobs, revenues

Sep 23, 2014

A diverse group of industries supporting unconventional oil and gas producers has reaped a large portion of the economic rewards from development of these previously untapped resources, highlights an IHS study released Sept. 23.

AAPG ICE: ExxonMobil outlines international approach to unconventional development

Sep 22, 2014

Global energy demand is expected to increase 35% to 2040, translating to 120 billion boe/year, or nearly 350 million boe/d, stated Rocky Becker, vice-president, Europe-Caspian-Russia at ExxonMobil Exploration Co.

AAPG ICE: Seismic reprocessing enhances potential for Russia's legacy basins

Sep 22, 2014

Russia's Precaucus and Uralian Foreland basins are the oldest and most developed oil and gas producing regions in the country. As the "birthplace" of Russia's oil industry, the Precaucus was first developed in the late 19th century.

Devon Canada files with AER for Walleye oil sands project

Sep 5, 2014

Devon Canada Corp. has submitted applications with Canada’s Alberta Energy Regulator for its Walleye steam-assisted gravity drainage project.

Supply complacency

Sep 1, 2014

Complacency comes easily in the US when the price of crude oil sags while hostilities jar the Middle East, while Russia tests Western resolve over Ukraine, and while China rattles its neighbors with territorial claims.

IPAA survey: Regulation becoming more burdensome for oil, gas independents

Aug 4, 2014

Regulations over the past 5 years have made operations more complex for independent oil and gas producers, according to a recent survey, Profile of Independent Producers 2012-13, released by the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

BAKKEN Briefs

Apr 16, 2014

Advanced technology rebuilds global hydrocarbon resource base

Oct 1, 2013

DENVER, Colo.—Technology will transform the future of the oil and gas industry. "We believe there is a nontrivial chance that unconventional reservoirs may contain more recoverable oil and gas than all of the conventional reservoirs combined," said Greg Leveille, general manager, unconventional resources, ConocoPhillips.

Gazprom Neft expands W. Siberia shale oil research

Aug 9, 2013

Gazprom Neft has approved the continued study of shale oil reserves at the Bazheno-Abalaksky complex of the Palyanovskaya zone at Krasnoleninskoye field, which is being developed in Russia by Gazpromneft-Khantos.

Sanchez Energy to drill in Tuscaloosa marine shale trend

Aug 8, 2013

Sanchez Energy Corp., Houston, said it will become a 50-50 partner with an affiliate with acquisition of 40,000 net undeveloped acres in the emerging Tuscaloosa marine shale (TMS) oil and gas play centered in southern Mississippi.

Santos GLNG, QCLNG projects ink deal for gas interconnect

Jul 8, 2013

Two of the coal seam gas-to-LNG schemes at Gladstone on Queensland’s central-west coast have inked a deal that will enable them to swap gas through two interconnection points if required.

Beyond US border, Mexico primes shale potential

May 1, 2013

Oil production from 14 of the most active counties in the South Texas Eagle Ford shale reached 28 MMbbl in the last year. Gas production doubled from the previous year to 271 bcf, and for the same period, condensate tripled to 21 MMbbl, according to a March report from the Eagle Ford Task Force, which was established by the Texas Railroad Commission.

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