Unconventional Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas

Unconventionals have grown to take an increasingly larger share of the oil and gas industry. Hydraulic fracturing is attracting ever greater attention across the world thanks to the US shale revolution. Meanwhile, coal-bed methane (CBM) development is becoming more prominent, and drillers are starting to turn their attention to such technically challenging resources as methane hydrates.

First published in 2010, the NewsBase Unconventional Oil and Gas Monitor (UOGM) has covered the sector’s climb to prominence from the beginning and continues to track the development of the unconventional industry globally. Last year, US oil represented 10% of the world’s total crude output on the back of growing tight oil production, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Meanwhile, the shale gas boom has prompted operators in both the US and Canada to propose a number of LNG projects as they seek to tap into plentiful domestic supplies of feedstock gas and open up new markets. Now countries such as China, Argentina and Poland are striving to replicate the North American shale revolution, but attempts to bring unconventional development to new countries have been met with considerable challenges, ranging from geological, technological and regulatory hurdles to environmental opposition to fracking. UOGM provides commentary, analysis, news and local press stories on global unconventional development.

UOGM covers the fields of shale oil, shale gas, CBM, coal gasification, coal- and gas-to-liquids (CTL and GTL), kerogens and methane hydrates.

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What, Why and What Next?

  • Commentary – Leading commentaries from recent years have covered unconventional development across the world, including new countries starting up shale exploration as well as those countries that have banned fracking. North America continues to dominate the shale sector, and UOGM monitors the shifting dynamics in that region. A series of recent commentaries has examined the potential and progress in specific plays, most recently the Permian Basin. The implications of rising unconventional output on global trade and energy security have also been a major point of focus. UOGM also covers advances in unconventional production methods and technology. Frequently it is such advances that can change the economics of projects and plays. UOGM helps our readers stay aware of the industry’s latest developments, and remain one step ahead.
  • Interviews – Our editorial team is constantly looking for stories that cannot be found elsewhere amongst our competitors. We have interviewed leading industry figures and analysts, providing a unique and exclusive insight into the issues that matter.
  • Policy – UOGM provides updates on regulations that could affect unconventional development on the regional, national and local levels. Covering regulatory changes, tax incentives for operators and political risk, UOGM has allowed our customers to keep track of policy requirements and challenges across established and emerging shale-producing countries.
  • Hydrocarbon categories – UOGM highlights unconventional activity globally by category – from shale oil and gas to methane hydrates. Covering new projects and developments, performance across unconventional plays, infrastructure construction designed to support upstream activity, as well as contracts or tenders being announced and won, UOGM has allowed our customers to keep track of their competition and look for new opportunities across the world.
  • Local Press – Our News in Brief section at the back of each issue also allows our customers to keep abreast of what the local press are saying in each region. Alongside local press cuttings, News in Brief also features press releases from companies operating in the unconventional sector.

Read our most recent UOGM Top Story.

Edited by

Anna Kachkova


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