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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AMP acquires Costar Midstream for $470 million

Oct 15, 2014

American Midstream Partners LP (AMP), Denver, has acquired Costar Midstream LLC from Energy Spectrum Partners VI LP and Costar management for $470 million. The deal closed Oct. 14.

Exterran joins Woodford Express to build Oklahoma gas plant

Oct 14, 2014

Exterran Holdings, Houston, will join Woodford Express LLC, a subsidiary of Xplorer Midstream LLC, Oklahoma City, to build a 210-MMcfd natural gas processing plant at Woodford’s Grady County gas processing site in the south-central Oklahoma Oil Province shale play.

EIA: US industrial gas demand to rise 4% in 2015

Oct 3, 2014

Relatively low prices of natural gas have contributed to steady increases in US industrial gas consumption since 2009, especially as a feedstock for chemical production.

Bill Barrett to divest Powder River, Piceance properties

Sep 16, 2014

Bill Barrett Corp., Denver, reported that it has agreed with several undisclosed buyers to sell the majority of its Powder River basin acreage and remaining position in the Gibson Gulch natural gas program in Colorado’s Piceance basin in deals totaling $757 million.

AAPG ICE: Turkey sees early shale oil development

Sep 15, 2014

Turkey is slightly larger than the state of Texas geographically, yet the country has only seen 4,400 wells drilled since 1940. While Texas’ oil history goes back much further, the state has seen more than 1.5 million wells drilled through 2013. “Turkey is largely unexplored,” said Lee Muncy, vice-president, geosciences at TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd., during the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition

AAPG ICE: ExxonMobil outlines international approach to unconventional development

Sep 15, 2014

Global energy demand is expected to increase 35% to 2040, translating to 120 billion boe/year, or nearly 350 million boe/d, stated Rocky Becker, vice-president, Europe-Caspian-Russia at ExxonMobil Exploration Co.

WRI: Shale oil, gas face tight competition for water

Sep 3, 2014

Governments and businesses trying to develop tight oil and gas resources could face intense competition for water that would be used in hydraulic fracturing, the World Resources Institute said in a recent report. It found that 38% of the world’s tight shale resources face high to extremely high water stress or arid conditions.

Canadian firms plan BC gas plant, target LNG export

Aug 19, 2014

AltaGas Ltd. and Painted Pony Petroleum Ltd., both of Calgary, have agreed to develop processing and marketing of natural gas and NGLs for Painted Pony’s liquids-rich Montney gas production in northeast British Columbia.

EIA: China to increase natural gas consumption, investment

Aug 18, 2014

China more than tripled natural gas production since 2003, producing 3.8 tcf in 2012, and the government is targeting production to reach about 5.5 tcf/year of gas by the end of 2015, according to a recent analysis from the US Energy Information Administration.

Small-scale GTL pilot plant planned for Houston

Aug 5, 2014

Biofuels Power Corp. (BPC), Houston, reported signing a letter of intent with ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (Africa) (Pty.) Ltd. and Liberty GTL Inc. to build a small-scale gas-to-liquid demonstration facility in Houston. The plant will be capable of converting 5-10 MMcfd of gas into about 500 b/d of synthetic crude oil.

EIA: Marcellus accounts for 40% of US shale gas production

Aug 5, 2014

Natural gas production from the Marcellus shale has surpassed 15 bcfd through July and now represents 40% of US shale gas production, making it the largest producing shale gas basin in the country, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s Drilling Productivity Report.

Ineos secures loan guarantee for Grangemouth upgrade

Jul 17, 2014

Ineos AG, Switzerland, has secured a £230 million loan from the UK government that will allow the company to move forward with a planned upgrade at its 210,000-b/d Grangemouth, Scotland, refinery and petrochemical complex.

Petrotrin blames US shale gas revolution for reduced refinery runs

Jul 16, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago’s state-owned Petrotrin is blaming the shale gas revolution in the US and lower crude prices at Cushing, Okla., for its decision to significantly reduce its refinery throughput to 120,000 bo/d from 180,000 bo/d.

Chile looking to gas to meet energy demand, energy minister says

Jul 2, 2014

Chile is focusing most of its attention on natural gas to meet the country’s energy demand challenges, stated Maximo Pacheco Matte, the newly appointed Minister of Energy, during a July 2 panel discussion in Houston.

Starfish start-up could ease Trinidad and Tobago’s tight gas supplies

Jun 27, 2014

Trinidad and Tobago’s tight natural gas supply could be eased within the next 4 months with the startup of 300 MMscfd of gas from BG Group’s Starfish development. BG Group said the project, which involves the drilling of four subsea wells and a 10-km subsea tieback to the Dolphin A platform, is on schedule for this year’s fourth quarter.

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