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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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.

CERI: Energy, operational efficiencies possible in Canadian oil, gas

Jul 6, 2015

Measures can be taken by operators in the expanding resource-intensive Canadian oil and gas sector to improve both energy efficiency and operational efficiencies, according to a report from the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI).

Natural gas opposition has shifted to transportation, speakers say

Jun 25, 2015

Opposition to natural gas projects has moved from exploration and production to transportation, speakers said during a discussion on Capitol Hill of US gas infrastructure needs. “Pipeline opposition has become a stand-in for opposition to fossil fuels for some groups,” said Kim Watson, Kinder Morgan Inc.’s (KMI) eastern pipeline group president.

American Energy to spin off, rename another unit

Jun 25, 2015

American Energy–Midstream LLC, a unit of Oklahoma City-based American Energy Partners LP (AEP), is transitioning to a standalone company and will change its name to Traverse Midstream Partners LLC. The moves will be effective July 1.

WoodMac: Western Canadian liquids production on upward trajectory starting in 2016

Jun 19, 2015

Wood Mackenzie Ltd. believes the economics of core areas within shale plays in western Canada will yield comparable returns to key producing plays in the US Lower 48.

Gulfport Energy to buy more Utica acreage in Ohio

Jun 10, 2015

Gulfport Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, has agreed to acquire 35,326 net acres in the Utica shale in Ohio from American Energy-Utica LLC.

EIA: US shale oil output to decline 91,000 b/d in July

Jun 9, 2015

Crude oil production in July from seven major US shale plays is expected to drop 91,000 b/d to 5.49 million b/d compared with June, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s latest Drilling Productivity Report (DPR). The forecasted decline is up 5,000 b/d compared with June’s decline from May.

NGSA: Downward pressure expected on gas prices this summer

Jun 4, 2015

Despite expectations for record-setting summer demand, pressure on this summer’s natural gas prices is likely to be downward compared with summer 2014, the Natural Gas Supply Association said in its 15th annual Summer Outlook assessment of the natural gas market. NGSA said it expects production to set records and be more than enough to meet demand.

Magnum Hunter selling noncore Utica acreage

May 26, 2015

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp., Dallas said its wholly owned subsidiary Triad Hunter LLC has signed a definitive agreement to sell certain noncore undeveloped Utica leasehold acreage in West Virginia for $40.8 million to an undisclosed independent producer.

La Jolla Conference: Regulations still constraining unconventional energy development

May 26, 2015

While unconventional oil and gas production in the US remains mostly resilient amid the industry downturn, energy policy under the Obama administration hasn’t made things easier on companies forced to cope with new market realities, panelists said on May 20 during the XXIV La Jolla Energy Conference in La Jolla, Calif.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline identifies alternate route segments

May 19, 2015

Atlantic Coast Pipeline LLC (ACP) has identified several alternate route segments as potentially having the least impact to environmental, historic, and cultural resources and is incorporating them into the proposed route of its 550-mile, 1.5-bcfd interstate natural gas transmission pipeline across three states. The alternate segments are in Augusta and Nelson counties, Va.

EIA: Oil output from major US shale to fall 86,000 b/d in June

May 12, 2015

Crude oil production in June from seven major US shale plays is expected to decrease 86,000 b/d compared with May to 5.6 million b/d, about even with where the total stood in March, according to the US Energy Information Administration’s latest Drilling Productivity Report (DPR).

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.

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