Piceance/Uinta Tight Gas

Piceance/Uinta Description ImageThe Piceance and Uinta basins are in northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado. Both the Piceance and Uinta are tight gas resources plays. The primary target of gas development has been the Williams Fork formation, of Cretaceous age, in the Mesaverde group. The Williams Fork is a several-thousand-foot thick section of shale, sandstone, and coal deposited in a coastal plain environment. The formation has long been known to contain natural gas. However, the sandstone reservoirs have low permeability and limited areal extent, which made gas wells uneconomic in the past.

Key players in the Piceance and Uinta resource plays include Chevron, Encana, ExxonMobil, Noble Energy, Bill Barrett Corp., Antero Resources, Delta Petroleum, Laramie Energy, and Harvest Natural Resources – to name just a few.

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Piceance/Uinta News

SPECIAL REPORT: Upstream production capacities to advance in many countries

Jul 23, 2007 Many oil and gas projects are set to come on stream in the next few years and help meet expected increases in the world’s energy demands.

OGJ Newsletter

Jul 23, 2007

Issues cloud CO2 transport

Jun 25, 2007 Research by several US Department of Energy Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships has a goal of safe, cost-effective, and long-term carbon management, mitigation, and storage.

IPAMS: Environmentalists nationwide target Roan Plateau

Jun 25, 2007 Much of the opposition to drilling on part of the Roan Plateau in western Colorado comes from out-of-state environmental groups, said the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS) and the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA).

New, larger bore CT drilling beyond 7,000 ft

Jun 25, 2007 New coiled-tubing rigs are drilling to record depths, with larger diameter strings and top drives capable of holding 200,000-lb hook loads.

BLM authorizes natural gas wells on Colorado’s Roan Plateau

Jun 18, 2007 The US Bureau of Land Management authorized the drilling of as many as 1,570 natural gas wells over 20 years on part of the Roan Plateau in western Colorado.

COMPANY NEWS: Dominion sells assets in deals totaling $6.5 billion

Jun 11, 2007 Loews Corp. and XTO Energy Inc. agreed to buy certain oil and natural gas producing properties in two separate deals from Dominion Resources Inc. for a total of $6.5 billion.

Chromatograph, equation yield usable field dewpoint prediction

May 28, 2007 Pipelines can use gas-chromatograph analysis in conjunction with an equation of state to predict hydrocarbon dewpoint in the field.

Kerr-McGee, EPA settle Rockies air pollution allegations

May 28, 2007 Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to spend $18 million on pollution controls and pay a $200,000 fine in a comprehensive settlement covering operations in Colorado and Utah, the US Environmental Protection Agency said on May 17.

Area Drilling

May 28, 2007

OGJ Newsletter

Apr 16, 2007

Area Drilling

Feb 19, 2007

SPECIAL REPORT: Particle-impact drilling blasts away hard rock

Feb 12, 2007 Houston-based Particle Drilling Technologies Inc. has successfully tested a new drilling system, designed to enhance the rate of penetration through hard rock.

SPECIAL REPORT: Lower drilling growth seen in US, drop in Canada

Jan 15, 2007 Price uncertainty, especially for gas, overshadows the forecast for US and Canadian drilling in 2007.

Drilling & Production: Smart wells, ‘e-fields’ shaping production plans

Jan 1, 2007 Technology remains key to how fast and how much of the world’s remaining oil and gas resources the industry can produce economically from the varied environments that hold most potential: deep water, arctic regions, coalbeds, partially depleted reservoirs, and deep, tight formations with high temperature and pressure, as well as formations containing heavy oil or bitumen.

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