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31 декабря 2013, 05:57

Nigeria Oil and Gas Report

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“Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and was the world’s fourth leading exporter of LNG in 2012. Despite the relatively large volumes it produces, Nigeria’s oil production is hampered by instability and supply disruptions, while the natural gas sector is restricted by the lack of infrastructure to monetize gas that is currently flared.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration. Related: Natural Gas Flaring Visible from Space

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29 декабря 2013, 15:58

Why Natural Gas Prices in Pennsylvania are High

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Pennsylvania has become the #2 state in the nation for natural gas production but consumers in the state still pay above average prices for natural gas. An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores some of the factors that determine the price of natural gas to the consumer.

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26 декабря 2013, 15:34

How Do They Steer the Horizontal Drill?

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USGS has an interesting release (linking to an Oilfield Review article) that provides some insight on how drillers are able to steer a horizontal well. These wells can travel horizontally for two miles or more and they must stay in the formation and not drift laterally. The technology employed might surprise you.

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22 декабря 2013, 16:14

New Well Gas Production Per Rig

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The Energy Information Administration has published a graph that shows how the average new-well gas production per rig in the Marcellus Shale has been climbing rapidly over the past few years. This increase can be attributed to improved technology. Traditionally a growth in the number of rigs in a field could be used as a predictor of increased production. Recently production has increased even with the number of rigs falling. More information.

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22 декабря 2013, 16:14

Drilling Efficiency in the Marcellus Shale

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The Scranton Times-Tribune has an article in which an experienced driller describes how efficiency improvements have cut the amount of time required to drill a horizontal well.

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22 декабря 2013, 16:07

Khazzan Natural Gas Field

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BP has agreed to spend $16 billion on developing the Khazzan natural gas field in Oman.

15 декабря 2013, 16:09

Shell Backs Out of Gas to Liquids Plant

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Royal Dutch Shell was planning to spend $20 billion on a natural gas-to-liquids plant on the Gulf coast but cancelled the project. They are not new to this business as they own the largest gas-to-liquids plant in the world in Qatar and another one of the largest in Malaysia. They are also building the world’s largest floating LNG plant for a field off the coast of Australia. If you watch the news about natural gas you have seen a huge rush to permit LNG plants that will export natural gas out of the United States, other companies getting into the LNG and gas-to-liquids businesses, multiple natural gas developments off the coastlines of every continent but Antarctica, countries all over the world realizing that they have a huge amount of natural gas in shale, enormous amounts of gas being flared instead of captured and all of that is before we count gas in the polar regions and methane hydrates.

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11 декабря 2013, 01:09

Taxing Oil and Natural Gas in Ohio?

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Record amounts of oil and natural gas are being produced from wells in Ohio and new proposals to tax the production are being debated.

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06 декабря 2013, 16:20

Alberta Shale Resources

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The Alberta Geological Survey has published Summary of Alberta’s Shale- and Siltstone-Hosted Hydrocarbon Resource Potential. This is a 339-page publication with lots of maps, data and descriptive information. You will find this report as item OFR 2012-06 on the linked page. The landing page also lists dozens of other reports on digital data, organic petrography, rock evaluation, geochemistry, pycnometry and more.

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06 декабря 2013, 15:32

UAE Oil and Natural Gas Report

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“The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is one of the 10 largest oil and natural gas producers in the world, and is a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). In 2012, the UAE produced 2.8 million barrels per day of crude oil and condensates, the fourth highest total in OPEC.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration.

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05 декабря 2013, 15:54

Colorado Voters Ban Fracking and Industry Responds

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The cities of Fort Collins and Lafayette, Colorado asked voters if they wanted to ban hydraulic fracturing for oil and natural gas within the city jurisdiction. The votes resulted in bans, now the Colorado Oil and Gas Association is trying to get the bans overturned.

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05 декабря 2013, 15:52

Major Oil and Gas Discovery Offshore Angola

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Cobalt International Energy reports a discovery off the coast of Angola that could hold 700 million to 1.1 billion barrels of oil equivalent.