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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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.

Lone Star begins construction on third Mont Belvieu frac unit

Nov 6, 2014

Lone Star NGL LLC, a joint venture of Energy Transfer Partners LP (70%) and Regency Energy Partners LP (30%), both of Dallas, has begun construction of a third 100,000-b/d NGL fractionation unit at Mont Belvieu, Tex.

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.

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