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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BHI: US rig count posts smallest decline in 22 weeks

May 8, 2015

During a week in which much of the oil and gas industry was either preoccupied with the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston or company earnings reports, the US drilling rig count snuck down just 11 more units to settle at 894 rigs working, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

Capito’s bill aims to improve federal pipeline permitting process

May 7, 2015

US Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation aimed at modernizing and improving the timeframe for proposed oil and gas pipelines to get federal approval.

Crude export ban could endanger US oil renaissance, Encana CEO warns

May 6, 2015

The plunge in crude oil prices since last summer is creating adverse impacts sooner than expected, and could endanger the economic renaissance the US has undergone from its dramatically increased production if crude exports are not authorized soon, Encana Corp. Chief Executive Officer Douglas J. Suttles warned.

Statoil reports $4.67 billion 1Q loss following US shale write-downs

May 1, 2015

Statoil ASA reported a negative first-quarter international financial reporting standards net income of $4.67 billion due to asset impairments of $6.08 billion primarily comprising US onshore unconventional assets including the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Marcellus shale plays.

ExxonMobil 1Q earning down 46% year-over-year

Apr 30, 2015

ExxonMobil Corp. reported first-quarter earnings of $4.9 billion, down from $9.1 billion during first-quarter 2014 due in part by upstream losses in the US. The total, however, exceeded analyst expectations.

Enterprise, Oxy to build Delaware basin gas plant

Apr 30, 2015

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP) and an affiliate of Occidental Petroleum Corp., both of Houston, will develop a 150-MMcfd cryogenic natural gas processing plant to handle growing rich-gas production in the Delaware basin, EEP reported.

Hess reports 1Q net loss of $389 million, trims budget

Apr 29, 2015

Hess Corp. reported a net loss of $389 million during the first quarter compared with net income of $386 million in first-quarter 2014. An adjusted net loss of $279 million was down from an adjusted net income of $446 million in first-quarter 2014.

EIA: Eagle Ford’s Eagleville oil field largest in US

Apr 24, 2015

The Eagleville oil field in South Texas, discovered only in 2009, is the largest in the US, according to a supplement to a report from the US Energy Information Administration called “US Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2013.”

CERAWeek: Evolutions of Pemex, YPF running parallel

Apr 23, 2015

Chief executives of Mexico’s Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and Argentina’s YPF SA are both seeing energy reforms within their respective countries, and both emphasize the need for investment from international oil and gas companies to achieve their new goals.

PGC report: US gas resource base reaches a record 2,515 tcf

Apr 8, 2015

Unconventional natural gas production is proving to be more durable than many people expected, officials said as the Potential Gas Committee released its 2014 yearend report indicating that the US has a record 2,515 tcf technically recoverable gas resource base.

Pennsylvania governor proposes natural gas severance tax

Mar 3, 2015

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a $29.9 billion budget on Mar. 3 that includes $2.5 billion of net tax increases for fiscal 2016, including a 5% severance tax on natural gas.

Kinder Morgan to acquire Hiland Partners for $3 billion

Jan 22, 2015

Kinder Morgan Inc. (KMI) has agreed to acquire Hiland Partners from founder Harold Hamm and certain Hamm family trusts for $3 billion, including the assumption of debt. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter.

Wintershall: Shale gas controversy blocking conventional production

Jan 20, 2015

Wintershall Holding GMBH says natural gas production in Germany fell by about 6% in the past year, and controversy over shale gas and hydraulic fracturing is blocking conventional gas production.

Southwestern agrees to second Marcellus acquisition this month

Dec 23, 2014

Southwestern Energy Co., Houston, has agreed to acquire 20% of the Marcellus shale assets belonging to Statoil ASA for $394 million.

Comstock to suspend 2015 oil drilling in Eagle Ford, TMS

Dec 19, 2014

Due to low crude oil prices, Comstock Resources Inc., Frisco, Tex., plans to suspend its 2015 oil-directed drilling activity on properties in the Eagle Ford shale in Texas and Tuscaloosa Marine shale (TMS) in Mississippi.

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