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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Amadeus basin drilling has unconventional, conventional targets

Oct 4, 2010 Perth-based explorer Central Petroleum Ltd. has temporarily put aside teasing that resulted from its recent Ooraminna-2 gas appraisal well in the eastern Amadeus basin southeast of Alice Springs to concentrate on a rank wildcat oil prospect some 600 km to the west and close to the Northern Territory/Western Australian border.

TransAtlantic pursues Thrace unconventionals

Oct 4, 2010 TransAtlantic Petroleum Ltd., Dallas, is in the midst of a push to examine shallow and deep gas potential in conventional and unconventional formations in northwestern Turkey's Thrace basin.

Optimized stimulation strategies enhance Aramco gas production

Oct 4, 2010 A systematic approach for understanding and evaluating reservoir conditions and use of high-end technology has provided Saudi Aramco the means for developing and managing deep, high pressure, high temperature, and prolific as well as poor quality gas reservoirs.

WEC speakers see growing need for hydrocarbon energy

Sep 20, 2010 Keynote speakers at the World Energy Congress in Montreal this week predicted rising demand for hydrocarbon fuels, especially natural gas, despite growth in the use of alternatives.

WEC speakers see growing need for hydrocarbon energy

Sep 15, 2010

Keynote speakers at the World Energy Congress in Montreal this week predicted rising demand for hydrocarbon fuels, especially natural gas, despite growth in the use of alternatives.

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Prospects slowly brighten for operations off Europe

Aug 2, 2010 Nervous optimism describes the mood of European operators just past 2010's midpoint as oil prices have recovered from the drastic late 2008 slump, economies slowly emerge from the worst recession since World War II, and financing options resurface.

Shale gas changes N. American gas production projections

Jul 1, 2010 Estimates of ultimate gas recovery from shales have changed the outlook for gas production in the US and Canada.

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Paramount Resources to acquire Redcliffe Exploration

May 11, 2010

Paramount Resources Ltd. has agreed to acquire Redcliffe Exploration Inc. in a purchase that values the smaller company at $68.5 million (Can.). Both companies are based in Calgary.

Uinta area between Altamont, Monument Butte bearing fruit

May 10, 2010 Operators are establishing oil and gas production in the large, less-explored area between Utah's giant Altamont-Bluebell and Monument Butte fields.

NEB notes shift toward BC in Canadian natural gas deliverability

Apr 26, 2010 Gas deliverability in Canada will continue to decline through 2012 as production falls in Alberta and rises in British Columbia, says the National Energy Board.

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