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

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.


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.

FOCUS: UNCONVENTIONAL OIL & GAS: International roundtable discusses pace of world's shale development

Mar 4, 2013

Exploration and development of oil and natural gas from shale plays could spread worldwide beyond the US and Canada faster than many people currently assume, participants at an International Energy Forum Roundtable concluded earlier this year.

CSIS: Public acceptance key to US unconventional gas development

Feb 25, 2013

Public acceptance of unconventional natural gas development is a critical issue, and the ability to manage risks must be demonstrated, the Center for Strategic & International Studies said in a recent report.

Ukraine, Shell sign unconventional gas agreement

Jan 25, 2013

Ukraine signed a production-sharing agreement with Royal Dutch Shell PLC for Ukrainian shale gas field Yuzivske as part of the government’s effort to reduce dependence on Russian gas.

UK government lifts hydraulic fracturing ban

Dec 24, 2012

The UK government lifted a temporary moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, opening the way for exploration and development of unconventional natural gas just days after UK Chancellor George Osborne announced a push for gas development in his Autumn Statement.

ExxonMobil sees gas displacing coal as world's No. 2 energy source

Dec 17, 2012

Natural gas appears likely to supplant coal as the world's second biggest energy source—after crude oil—by 2025, ExxonMobil Corp. said as it released its 2013 Energy Outlook.

RPSEA advances 15 unconventional projects

Dec 10, 2012

The nonprofit Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA) selected 15 proposals under the Unconventional Resources Program for negotiations leading to an award under its contract with the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory.

IEA executive director tours South Texas Eagle Ford

Aug 27, 2012

Governments worldwide must work with industry to address legitimate public concerns about environmental issues if unconventional natural gas is to reach its global development potential, said Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency.

Laricina eyes CSS for Grosmont development

Jul 11, 2012

Laricina Energy Ltd., Calgary, is considering cyclic steam stimulation (CSS) for early development of bitumen in the Upper Devonian Grosmont carbonate of Alberta on the basis of results at its Saleski pilot project.

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