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

Special Report: LNG Update: US gas market well-supplied: LNG or shale gas?

Mar 15, 2010 Expanding natural gas production from indigenous sources poses the most serious threat to imports of natural gas as LNG into North America, primarily the US.

IHS Herold: Global upstream M&A activity up in 2009

Mar 15, 2010 The value of global upstream mergers and acquisitions jumped 40% during 2009 to just under $150 billion, IHS Herold Inc. reported Mar. 8 in its annual Global Upstream M&A Review.

Special Report: LNG Update: Asia-Pacific LNG capacities, plans to move ahead in 2010

Mar 15, 2010 Global LNG capacities and trade moved into unfamiliar and unsettling territory in 2009-10.

'Flexible factory' steadies unconventional gas work

Mar 15, 2010 Enhancing operational flexibility of the factory approach to unconventional-gas drilling programs can help operators lower the risk of inefficient use of capital, which some have encountered with costly results.

CERAWeek: LNG industry struggles with supply abundance, global recession

Mar 10, 2010

Global LNG players are struggling with the current abundance of LNG capacity and the companion spike in supply from unconventional sources, mainly shale gas in North America.

CERAWeek: Asia to dominate growing energy demand

Mar 9, 2010

Energy demand is shifting from the developed world to the developing world, and Asia is expected to account for much of the growing demand during the next 20 years, speakers told CERAWeek attendees on Mar. 8.

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Mar 8, 2010

WoodMac: Gas glut forcing Gazprom to look elsewhere

Mar 4, 2010

Russia faces a difficult natural gas market in short and medium terms, with both prices and market share coming under pressure.

Integrated firms' budgets targeting upstream projects

Mar 1, 2010 US-based integrated firms are shifting more of their capital spending dollars toward upstream projects and away from their downstream operations that manufacture, transport, and market refined products.

Shell, HP seek high-res wireless land seismic

Mar 1, 2010 Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Hewlett-Packard Development Co. LP plan to develop a wireless sensing system to acquire extremely high-resolution seismic data on land.

CERAWeek: Asia to dominate growing energy demand

Mar 1, 2010 Energy demand is shifting from the developed world to the developing world, and Asia is expected to account for much of the growing demand during the next 20 years, speakers told CERAWeek attendees on Mar. 8.

PERSONNEL MOVES AND PROMOTIONS: ConocoPhillips announces senior appointments

Feb 22, 2010 ConocoPhillips announced two senior leadership changes.

HighMount E&P names Garner as COO

Feb 17, 2010

HighMount Exploration & Production LLC, Houston, has named Jason A. Garner as chief operating officer, effective Mar. 1.

Alaska Pipeline Project files open season plan

Jan 29, 2010

The Alaska Pipeline Project filed its plan with the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval to conduct its open season on a potential pipeline to move natural gas from the Alaskan North Slope to Alberta and on to the US.

ExxonMobil committed to Alaskan gas line

Jan 25, 2010

ExxonMobil Corp., while seeking to expand its interests in unconventional gas resources in North America, remains committed to a gas pipeline from Alaska to the US Lower 48.

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