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

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.

IHS: Unconventional gas supporting 1.4 million US jobs by 2015

Jun 25, 2012

Natural gas production from shale, coalbed methane, and tight sands is expected to support 1.4 million US jobs by 2015, said a new study released by IHS Global Insight.

Watching Government: 'Golden Rules' for global gas

Jun 11, 2012

The International Energy Agency released a special unconventional gas report May 29 in London outlining "Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas."

EPP, Anadarko, DCP to build DJ basin-Texas NGL pipeline

Apr 12, 2012

Enterprise Products Partners LP, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., and DCP Midstream LLC plan to build a natural gas liquids pipeline from the Denver-Julesburg basin in Weld County, Colo., to Skellytown, Tex., roughly 435 miles.

Government energy help

Jan 30, 2012 Within the contradictory bravado about energy in US President Barack Obama's State of the Union Speech Jan. 24 hid raw material for a constructive point about governmental help in the development of energy technology.

NETL seeks proposals to manage unconventional gas project impacts

Dec 22, 2011

The National Energy Technology Laboratory has issued a request for proposals to study ways to improve environmental performance for unconventional natural gas projects.

ExxonMobil energy outlook expects growing unconventional gas role

Dec 9, 2011

Natural gas from shale and other unconventional sources will account for 30% of worldwide gas production by 2040, ExxonMobil Corp. said in its 2012 energy outlook. It projected a 30% increase in global energy demand from 2010 levels, but added that growth would be more than four times that amount without expected gains in efficiency.

EAGC2011: Shale gas development to be slow in coming, speakers warn

Nov 16, 2011

European production of unconventional gas, especially shale, may someday contribute a large portion of the region’s overall natural gas supply, but that time is a long way off and will be slow in coming, according to several speakers at this week’s European Autumn Gas Conference in Paris.

EAGC2011: Europe's gas industry struggles to secure supply, rational regulation

Nov 15, 2011

Regulatory and supply uncertainties continue to plague Europe’s natural gas industry, as made clear by presentations and discussion Nov. 15 at the opening of the annual European Autumn Gas Conference in Paris.

Poland: San Leon spuds Carboniferous strat test

Nov 11, 2011

San Leon Energy PLC has spudded the Siciny-2 stratigraphic test on the company’s 100% owned Gora concession 70 km southeast of Zielona Gora, Poland.

Shale gas subcommittee reviews industry, government progress

Nov 10, 2011

The US natural gas industry is working to ensure shale gas is produced in an environmentally safe manner and is working to disclose information that can help minimize public opposition toward shale development, an advisory committee to government said.

UK government probes report that fracing caused earthquakes

Nov 3, 2011

The UK government said it will consider “carefully” a report commissioned by explorer Cuadrilla Resources that acknowledges recent earthquakes in the country were caused by hydraulic fracturing.

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