Unconventional Exclusives

A grim 2016 can’t keep these giants down for long.

Oil and Water Do Mix

Advanced water management techniques coupled with innovative thinking and new technologies are helping balance the needs of unconventional oil and gas E&P with the needs of the public.

Haynesville Shale, oil and gas drilling, Goodrich Petroleum

Since the summer months of 2016, activity has been on the mend in the Haynesville as rigs consistently picked up and are expected to remain steady throughout 2017-2018.

Comstock Resources, rig, Haynesville, shale, drilling, fractures, oil, Louisiana

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

sand, U.S. Silica, E&P, Permian, oil, proppant, demand, Bryan Shinn, Schlumberger, Todd Bush, Energent, Westwood

Armed with more efficient, less-costly ways to produce oil and gas, the ramp-up in U.S. shale activity is putting pressure on sand suppliers as E&Ps load more proppant in hopes of bigger payouts.

Unconventional Exploration

Reuters reported that the comapny said the data room for the tender is open from April 30 to July 31.

The amended time line was a result of discussions between the government and stakeholders and will be incorporated into the proposed regulations expected to be announced at the end of April, CBC News reported.

USGS, resources, Haynesville, Bossier, Permian, A&D, Marcellus, natural gas

Seven years since its last assessment, additional drilling and data show the shale plays outshine the Marcellus and Utica, both of which were last assessed at the beginning of the decade.

 Reservoir characterization project shale results

Students at the Colorado School of Mines discussed promising results from a Wattenberg Field study area at the Reservoir Characterization Project spring meeting in Golden, Colo.

As part of the deal, Ineos is taking over Engie's entire U.K. onshore exploration license portfolio that consists of interests in 15 licenses including seven in which Ineos had a previous participation, Reuters said.

Unconventional Production

Drillers added five oil rigs in the week to April 21, bringing the total count up to 688, the most since April 2015, energy services firm Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI) said on April 21.

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

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

"[The] Syncrude outage has had an impact on our output, but we are working with suppliers to understand the time line as the Syncrude owners work towards a full recovery,"ConocoPhillips Canada spokeswoman Michelle McCullagh said in an email.

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.

Hart Energy, DUG Bakken & Niobrara, shale, completion, proppant, Mark Pearson, Liberty Resources, Paul Favret, Kumar Ramurthy, Halliburton, Amanda Seholm, Baker Hughes

As prices and costs recover, a panel of experts at DUG Bakken & Niobrara said operators are continually scaling the completions learning curve.

Unconventional Technology

May 9, 2017

Suncor also said it is exploring new technologies to develop the Lewis resource, such as using solvents or electromagnetic heating instead of steam for bitumen extraction, Reuters reported.

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 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 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.

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.