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

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.

OGJ Newsletter

Jan 1, 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.

How the petroleum system relates to the petroleum province

Aug 11, 2003 A petroleum province and a petroleum system (PS) have very close links.

Company News: Perenco buying UK North Sea properties from BG Group

May 19, 2003 Oil and gas company property divestitures have accelerated this year, and recent activity included two North Sea property deals.

US onshore industry bustles with high prices, decline legacy

May 12, 2003 Relatively high gas and oil prices are exerting more punch into US onshore exploration and development.

Construction plans sag in face of stubborn recession, war prospects

Feb 3, 2003 Sobriety, even fear, returned to pipeline operators' outlook for new construction in 2003 and beyond, after optimism a year ago drove plans and proposals unrealistically high. The change in direction has resulted from the continued, stubborn economic downturn, now sharpened by war fears.

Study: Producers face few limits on some federal lands

Jan 27, 2003 Producers face few restrictions on most energy-rich federal lands in five western basins, US officials said.

COMPANY NEWS: Statoil acquires access to US LNG market

Nov 11, 2002 Norway's Statoil ASA has gained access into the US LNG market through the purchase of El Paso Merchant Energy LP's capacity rights for LNG from the Snøhvit project for $210 million.

Area Drilling

Oct 14, 2002 Sinopec Corp. of China won a contract from Sonatrach and the Energy & Mines Ministry to enhance recovery from giant Zarzaitine field in east-central Algeria.

Area Drilling

Mar 25, 2002 Aviva Petroleum Inc., Dallas, said seismic reprocessing is under way on the 145,000-acre Rio Magdalena association contract in the Upper Magdalena basin. The company said it is discussing with industry participants how to exploit the Guayuyaco and Rio Magdalena areas.

DOE picks research program projects

Jan 7, 2002 The US Department of Energy added two more projects to its program to develop technologies to increase natural gas production from low-permeability reservoirs. The agency selected 20 other projects for the program last August (OGJ Online, Aug. 15, 2001). Both of the new projects focus on the challenges of excess water production.

COMPANY NEWS: Magnum Hunter, Prize Energy to merge in $1.2 billion deal

Jan 7, 2002 Some US-based oil and gas companies are continuing to pair off while others are strengthening their core assets through key property acquisitions.

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