Exclusives

The unconventional revolution is making a big impact, bringing benefits along with concerns. 

Operators in North American shale plays are using more than 5 MMlbs of frack sand per well.

The Kurds will increase production to 1 MMbbl/d by the end of 2015 from a current level of 320,000.

Enhanced completions are migrating to shale plays across parts of North America.

The company may spend several billion dollars over this decade on an effort it’s calling Project 20K.

Completion

Some companies have found ways to reduce freshwater use as areas with shale resources battle drought.

Researchers are studying a new well completion technique using liquid nitrogen and CO2.

Enhanced Oil Recovery

The NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas project aims to turn waste into revenue using technology.

Better chemical formulations and lower cost, advances in laboratory analysis and higher oil prices are making chemical EOR more economically viable.

NRG has started construction on a $1 billion coal plant retrofit for the project.