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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NEB notes shift to tight gas production in western Canada

Oct 9, 2015

Canada’s National Energy Board says a decade-long shift away from conventional natural gas resources toward tight gas production has been led by large midsized producers.

Forum: N. America should develop further as global energy leader

Sep 25, 2015

North America has become a “global energy powerhouse” in the 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented, and the continent now has a “tremendous opportunity” to further leverage its position globally by improving efficiency, collaboration, and connectivity, a speaker noted at a Sept. 24 event hosted by the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston.

Thai operator lets second FEED for proposed US ethylene complex

Sep 9, 2015

PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC), Thailand’s integrated petrochemical and refining company, has let a contract to a consortium led by Bechtel Enterprises Holdings Inc. to perform front-end services related to construction of the company’s proposed petrochemical complex in Belmont County, Ohio.

Rand Corp. releases NETL-commissioned energy workforce studies

Sep 1, 2015

Rand Corp. released two energy workforce development studies commissioned by the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory in Morgantown, W.Va., on Aug. 31.

Deloitte: Northern Territory bullish on shale gas

Aug 26, 2015

Development of a shale-gas industry in Northern Territory could drive significant long-term economic growth and generate as much as $1 billion (Aus.) of government revenue, according to recent study by Deloitte Access Economics commissioned by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association.

EPA proposes methane emissions requirements for oil, gas industry

Aug 18, 2015

The US Environmental Protection Agency has proposed requirements aimed at reducing emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from all US oil and gas industry segments. Officials from several oil and gas associations immediately criticized the Aug. 18 action. Environmental organizations welcomed it.

Warren Resources tests Upper Marcellus wells

Aug 18, 2015

Warren Resources Inc., New York, reported that two of its Upper Marcellus wells have been flowing back for 2 weeks, currently producing a combined 17 MMcfd with 3% of flowback load recovered.

Meritage building oil, gas infrastructure in western Canada

Aug 13, 2015

Meritage Midstream Services III LP, the Canadian affiliate of Denver-based Meritage Midstream Services, has agreed with producer Canadian International Oil Corp. to build natural gas gathering, compression, and processing assets and crude oil gathering assets to support the development of CIOC’s Montney and Duvernay shale positions in west-central Alberta.

MarkWest, EMG to develop 2-bcfd Utica dry gas gathering system

Aug 13, 2015

MarkWest Energy Partners LP and The Energy & Minerals Group (EMG) are developing a new 2-bcfd dry gas gathering system in the Utica Shale. A fee-based contract with Ascent Resources – Utica LLC, a subsidiary of Ascent Resources LLC will underpin the system, dedicating roughly 100,000 gross acres in northern Belmont and Jefferson counties, Ohio.

EIA: US shale oil output to drop 93,000 b/d in September

Aug 10, 2015

Crude oil production in September from seven major US shale plays is expected to decline 93,000 b/d to 5.27 million b/d, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s latest Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). EIA previously projected 91,000-b/d declines for both July and August.

Energy Institute guide explains UK shale gas

Aug 5, 2015

The Energy Institute (EI), London, has published a 20-page guide to shale gas, aiming, it says, “to bring scientific and technical accuracy to the debate” over development of natural gas from shales in the UK.

Gulfport: Utica shale accounts for 97% of overall net 2Q production

Jul 30, 2015

Gulfport Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, reported its second-quarter Utica shale production in Ohio accounted for 97% of its overall net production compared with 79% a year earlier.

EIA: US shale oil production to fall 91,000 b/d in August

Jul 13, 2015

Crude oil production in August from seven major US shale plays is expected to decline 91,000 b/d to 5.36 million b/d, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s latest Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). EIA last month also projected a 91,000 b/d decline for July.

MPLX, MarkWest to merge in $15.8 billion deal

Jul 13, 2015

MPLX LP, a Findlay, Ohio-based master limited partnership (MLP) formed by Marathon Petroleum Corp. in 2012, and Denver-based MarkWest Energy Partners LP have agreed to a unit-for-unit merger deal in which MarkWest will become a wholly owned subsidiary of MPLX. The deal, valued at $15.8 billion in stock and cash excluding debt, is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

BHI: US rig count continues upward creep

Jul 10, 2015

Although the overall US drilling rig count only edged up 1 unit to 863 rigs working during the week ended July 10, it represented the third consecutive week of gains and another jump in oil-directed rigs, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

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