Tight Gas Sands

Tight Gas Description ImageThe term tight gas sands refers to low-permeability sandstone reservoirs that produce primarily dry natural gas. A tight gas reservoir is one that cannot be produced at economic flow rates or recover economic volumes of gas unless the well is stimulated by a large hydraulic fracture treatment and/or produced using horizontal wellbores. This definition also applies to coalbed methane, shale gas, and tight carbonate reservoirs. Tight sands produce about 6 tcf of gas per year in the United States, about 25% of the total gas produced. The Energy Information Administration estimates that 310 tcf of technically recoverable tight gas exists within the US, representing over 17% of the total recoverable gas. Worldwide, more than 7,400 tcf of natural gas is estimated to be contained within tight sands, with some estimates as large as 30,000 TCF.

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WoodMac: NorAm oil output increases to outpace Middle East 4:1 by 2020

Jun 12, 2014

By 2020, increases in North American oil production will outpace that of the Middle East by 4:1 on a per barrel basis, and by 2030, North American output will increase by 390 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe) from 650 mtoe in 2009, according to long-term analysis of global energy trends by Wood Mackenzie.

Sinopec, FTSI form JV to tap China’s unconventional resources

Jun 11, 2014

Sinopec Group has entered into a 15-year joint venture agreement with FTS International (FTSI), Ft. Worth, with the intention of tapping into China’s vast unconventional resources.

US gas reserve growth in 2013 was robust, AGA estimates

Apr 17, 2014

US natural gas producers added more than 35 tcf of reserves in 2013, the American Gas Association said in its latest annual preliminary estimate based on reported results by the 30 largest companies representing more than half of the total US production and reserves.

Financial questions seen for US shale gas, tight-oil plays

Mar 25, 2014

Financial problems of operators in US shale gas and tight oil plays might hold production growth below current expectations, according to the author of a March comment published by the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES).

API notes 23.1% rise in US drilling outlays in 2012

Dec 27, 2013

Oil and gas producers spent an estimated $153.7 billion to drill US wells in 2012, 23.1% more than in 2011, the American Petroleum Institute said in its latest Joint Association Survey of Drilling Costs.

Contact hails Kakwa Montney tight gas-liquids well results

Oct 16, 2013

Contact Exploration Inc., Calgary, said completion of its fourth operated horizontal Middle Montney formation tight gas-liquids well extends the scope and magnitude of the company’s East Kakwa project in Alberta.

PIRA: Shale production growth makes US largest liquids producer

Oct 16, 2013

US total oil supply is expected to average 12.1 million b/d this year, making it the world’s largest oil producer, PIRA Energy Group, an energy markets consulting firm in New York, reported. PIRA counts oil supply as all liquids, including condensates.

Energy exports highlight EIA conference, House subcommittee hearing

Jun 19, 2013

Congress may be ready to discuss US LNG exports as soon as this summer, but won’t likely consider domestic petroleum sales to foreign countries for some time, US Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alas.) predicted at the US Energy Information Administration’s 2013 Energy Conference.

Deloitte: Shale gas, oil potential increasingly apparent

May 21, 2013

Oil and gas production from tight shale formations clearly is a long-term phenomenon and not a short-term trend, Deloitte LLP officials told reporters. The financial services company found growing confidence in unconventional energy resources in a survey it conducted last year, said John England, a vice-chairman and leader of its oil and gas practice.

BP: Shale gas, tight oil to reshape global markets by 2030

Feb 5, 2013

The North American shale gas and tight oil revolution will reshape global markets, changing economic expectations and rebalancing trade flows, BP PLC said in its BP Energy Outlook 2030.

Deloitte: International shale development will take longer than in US

Nov 14, 2012

Vast shale plays worldwide are going to be explored and developed although it’s going to take more than a decade before another country outside the US or Canada can duplicate the current US shale boom, speakers told the Deloitte Oil & Gas Conference on Nov. 13 in Houston.

Shell updates Changbei, other projects in China

Jul 25, 2012

Shell and China National Petroleum Corp. have amended the production sharing contract that covers the 1,693 sq km Changbei tight gas block in China’s Ordos basin to cover an extended development phase.

Poland: FX seeing tight gas production increases

Mar 13, 2012

FX Energy Inc., Salt Lake City, said its gas production in Poland has averaged 13.5 MMscfd so far in 2012, up from the 2011 average of 12 MMscfd.

Wintershall starts Dutch North Sea tight gas flow

Mar 6, 2012

A group led by Wintershall has started production from K18-Golf field, the company’s first tight gas field in the Netherlands North Sea.

IMPROVED GAS RECOVERY—1: Maximizing postfrac gas flow rates from conventional, tight reservoirs

Mar 5, 2012

Hydraulic fracturing technology is widely used to facilitate and enhance the gas recovery process from conventional and tight gas resources.

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