The Athabasca oil sands have gone from being a curiosity to one of the largest oil accumulations in the world.

Adrian Dorsch, Infield Systems, oil, gas, production

The prolonged downturn lingers as oil and gas companies prepare for what could be another round of capex cuts. But the global oversupply is falling and depleted assets are not being replaced, a speaker at Hart Energy’s Gulf of Mexico Offshore Executive Conference said.

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Dire market conditions may have caused some to consider halting investment offshore, especially given a strong shale presence onshore. But Noble Energy sees opportunity.

Additional production growth opportunities exist given recent discoveries and even more prospects in the region. But how much value it creates will depend on commodity prices, which remained depressed amid continued global oversupply. 

A federal agency returns to federal court in an effort to regain control over the lesser prairie chicken’s listing and protections. The bird has a wide-ranging habitat that includes oil and gas producing assets in the Permian Basin.


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Noble Energy’s slickwater completions are outperforming other methods in the D-J Basin, but the jury is still out on whether such techniques will be successful elsewhere.

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With low prices pushing some companies into the red, oil majors have had to sharply cut costs and rein in growth plans.

Scotland has placed a moratorium on underground coal gasification, a form of unconventional gas extraction, adding to a ban on shale gas that it imposed in January.

U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl had put the regulations on hold in June as he weighed a request from energy industry groups and four states.

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E&Ps in the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian have made strides in well completion efficiencies and costs. Though, even with increased recoveries, opening up production at low prices sits poorly with the industry.


Drillers removed five oil rigs in the Permian and one in the Niobrara, and added one in Eagle Ford. Number of rigs in the Bakken remained the same, Reuters said.

Calgary-based industry body expects 4,728 wells will be drilled next year, down 15% from its 2015 forecast and down 58% percent from the 11,226 wells drilled in 2014, Reuters said.

At least some drillers were willing to start drilling again, even with U.S. oil prices trading in the $40s, in hopes of higher prices in the future, Reuters said.

State oil firm ANCAP said that the well will be drilled about 400 km (249 miles) from the seaside capital Montevideo at 3,400 m (11,155 ft) deep, Reuters reported.

Drillers removed 16 oil rigs in the week ended Oct. 30, bringing the total rig count down to 578, the least since June 2010, oil services company Baker Hughes Inc said in its closely followed report.

Enhanced Oil Recovery

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The oil industry’s demand for energy is growing rapidly, and solar can supply much of that power, GlassPoint Solar CEO Rod MacGregor said.

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The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan buys oil and gas royalty company Heritage Royalty for C$3.3 billion to acquire one of the largest royalty, mineral interests in Canada despite down commodity prices. 

Australia-based Elk Petroleum Ltd. is actively exploring the idea of sourcing CO2 from a corn-ethanol plant to feed into its EOR activities in Nebraska.

Data from the EIA’s latest drilling production report projected about 16 MMcf/d will be produced in the Marcellus alone in July, up from about 15 MMcf/d in July 2014.

The project will use 4-D seismic imaging, horizontal drilling and pump technology. Polymer chemical injection technology’s role in maximizing economic recovery of U.K. hydrocarbon reserves will be demonstrated.

Field Development

Development of Leviathan, which holds an estimated 622 billion cubic meters of gas, is being led by Texas-based Noble Energy and Delek Group.

Earlier this year the state-run group discovered a tight gas deposit in Pakistan with total reserves estimated at 4.5 billion cubic meters.

The Rossukon series of discoveries are located in the G6/48 license over the Karawake Basin to the north of the G10/48 license, where the KrisEnergy-operated Wassana oil field commenced production in August, KrisEnergy said in a news release.

Trestakk will be submitted for approval by Norwegian authorities in the spring of 2016 while Alfa will come sometime during the year, Statoil's field development chief Ivar Aasheim said.

The field, which was discovered in September 2014, has been tied into existing production facilities through a new dedicated pipeline with gas extraction via the Garijp treatment system.