Exclusives

Comstock Resources, rig, Haynesville, shale, drilling, fractures, oil, Louisiana
May 1, 2017

Monster fractures and M&A are boosting regional activity in the ArkLaTex.

Apache, Alpine High, Permian, water, springs, oil, Brian Bohm, University of Texas, CLEAR, CH2M, Kevin Schug, Leslie Voss
April 10, 2017

The company is working with an environmental consulting firm as well as University of Texas System professors and labs as it develops the Alpine High discovery in the Delaware Basin.

DUG Permian, Noble Energy, Gary Willingham, laterals, proppant, oil, shale, Delaware, DJ, basin, gas, learn
April 6, 2017

Advanced subsurface modeling, extended laterals, pad drilling, optimized high-intensity completions and managed flowback are among the company’s focus areas.

patent, Deloitte, Center for Energy Solutions, hydraulic fracturing, oil, gas
April 3, 2017

Proppant tracking, flowback prevention and nanoparticles are among the areas of focus, according to a study released by Deloitte.

shale, technology, KCA, oil, ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, drilling, well, proppant
March 27, 2017

Recent trends and new technology indicate operators and service companies are thinking outside of the box and experimenting with different methods and techniques to grow production.

Completion

April 9, 2013

The industry is divided on hydraulic fracturing technology. An objective view is needed to sort out the confusion and decide on best processes.

March 28, 2013

Developers of a new technology say the process can remove nearly all organic materials from produced water.

October 22, 2012

A polymer, which replaces guar in fracing fluid, has been utilized by Halliburton in Magnum Hunter’s wells in the Eagle Ford, resulting in higher flow back and improved production.

Contracts

November 28, 2016

A purchase and sale agreement relating to each block must be submitted to Ecopetrol by Dec. 7 and executed by Dec. 22, Reuters reported.

March 31, 2016

The contract is BP’s first shale gas PSC in China and covers an area of about 1,500 sq km, BP said. CNPC will be operator.

January 14, 2016

In a statement, Argentina’s YPF said the accord involved a pilot project in the Bajada de Anelo Block, located in  Neuquen province that would run until mid-2018, Reuters reported.

December 15, 2015

YPF estimates the Vaca Muerta deposit contains 661Bbbl of oil and 1,181Tcf of natural gas, making it one of the biggest shale reserves in the western hemisphere, Reuters said. 

September 1, 2015

Energy Information Administration estimates Mexico has more than 60 billion barrels of shale resources. This would provide more than 35 years of Mexican oil supply at current U.S. production levels. 

Digital

March 1, 2012

With the huge number of wells required for shale gas or coal-bed methane development, companies are implementing lean manufacturing models for these “gas factories.”

Downhole

September 1, 2015

Vorpal's Drill2Frac helps optimize fracturing operations through the optimal placement of perforation clusters. Enventure’s expandable ESeal Refrac Liner provides mechanical zonal isolation of existing perforations.

July 30, 2015

Where ACTIVATE has been used, operators see about an 80% increase in EUR per well and a 66% reduction in cost per barrel of oil equivalent from refracked wells verus new wells, Halliburton said in a news release.

July 21, 2015

Etienne Roux, vice president of drilling services, said Revolution has drilled 284 vertical-curve lateral wells in a single run in the last year and half. This totals 2.4 million feet.

February 12, 2014

Problematic areas have included perforation issues, loss of fracture length, and sometimes wellbore connectivity.

August 20, 2013

Data integration and analysis over a shale play provides clear indications of where to drill and what technologies to utilize.

Equipment

Eagle Ford, shale, drilling, oil, gas, Hart Energy
July 6, 2016

There are signs the bottom is at hand, which is the first step in recovery.

October 19, 2015

Freshwater, not typical slurry, will run through pumps, significantly reducing need for replacement parts and number of pumps needed on frack job, Energy Recovery CEO Joel Gay said.

August 26, 2015

Shale producers can save 30% of the drilling cost with walking rigs, which can move from one wellbore to another--10 meters in less than an hour, Reuters said.

July 24, 2015

The rise in the rig count this week was the biggest increase since April 2014. It was, however, only the third addition over the past 33 weeks, bringing the total rig count up to 659, the highest since late May.

April 29, 2015

Weatherford’s OmniWel in-well optical production and reservoir monitoring systems will combine with OptaSense’s DAS technology to improve reservoir management/ EUR. Technologies include DAS-VSP vertical seismic profiling, DAS-HFP hydraulic fracture monitoring.

Operations

April 19, 2017

Shell said in September it planned to invest $300 million per year through 2020 in Argentina in exploration, refining, distribution and marketing, Reuters reported.

April 12, 2017

The two- to three-week pilot at Sinopec’s Fuling shale gas site in Chongqing in southwest China is intended to qualify OriginClear’s Electro Water Separation (EWS) technology for integration into a multistage process designed to process hydraulic fracturing and flowback water for on-site reuse, OriginClear said in the release.

Trump Administration Approves Keystone XL Pipeline Permit
March 24, 2017

TransCanada received approval for the 1,179-mile cross-border pipeline application by the U.S. State Department, ending a years-long battle.

March 9, 2017

However, the need for more gas for power has arisen just as three new LNG export plants have opened in the northeast, tripling gas demand and drawing supply out of the domestic market, Reuters reported.

March 1, 2017

The Fuling project is China's largest commercial shale gas discovery now under production, with annual output estimated at about 5 billion cubic meters last year, Reuters reported.

People

January 18, 2017

Most recently, James Faroppa was vice president of geosciences for Murphy Oil Corp. (NYSE: MUR), handling assurance, portfolio management, and technical and specialist services.

January 9, 2017

Jakub Korczak joined the company, which owns and operates projects in Tunisia and Romania, in 2009. 

December 28, 2016

Workers at Peru's Camisea natural gas fields have called off a strike scheduled for Dec. 29 after reaching a deal on labor benefits with Argentina's Pluspetrol, the union SUTRAPPEC said Dec. 28.

December 2, 2016

Argentina produces an estimated 716,000 barrels of oil per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, Reuters reported.

Mexico, Energy Secretary, Pemex, U.S. Shale, investment, auctions
September 23, 2016

Mexico’s energy company is struggling and auctions continue to lag, particularly in unconventional areas.

Regulations

April 18, 2017

The White House has said it would take a position on the agreement before a summit of the Group of Seven wealthy nations is held in late May, Reuters reported.

April 5, 2017

The law was finalized one week after the state legislature passed the bill. On March 27, state senators voted 35 to 10 to approve the bill.

March 22, 2017

Britain is estimated to have enough trapped shale gas to meet its gas needs for decades. However, the use of fracking is opposed by environmental campaigners, Reuters reported.

February 2, 2017

"Our target is to be an entirely fossil-fuel-free welfare state," Sweden's Climate Minister Isabella Lovin told Reuters in a telephone interview.

January 31, 2017

"The Scottish government has a very important decision to make in determining the future of unconventional oil and gas," Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland's minister for business, innovation and energy, said in the consultation document, Reuters reported.