unconventional oil Articles

  • Unconventional Crude Upgrading Challenges

    Crude markets are being influenced by increasing prices, stagnate discovery rates, increased world demand, and competition from alternate sources such as bio-fuels, coal and unconventional crude. Future crude supplies from conventional sources are anticipated to be, in part, incrementally replaced by production of unconventional crude from Western Canada and Venezuela, in addition to other ...

  • Baseline groundwater quality in unconventional oil and gas fields

    In recent years, expansion of unconventional oil and gas production has prompted significant interest in potential impacts on drinking water resources. In many cases, water quality investigations rely on access to landowner water wells to develop baseline data prior to drilling; respond to spills, complaints, or incidents; or evaluate potential impacts due to drilling, completion, hydraulic ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The unconventional wisdom on renewable energy and investment

    Over the summer, there has been a loud buzz in the media about the need for research and development that would lead to a breakthrough in the cost of clean energy technologies. Financial Times commentator Martin Wolf called for a “moonshot to save the planet” building on the proposal ...

  • Utilizing unconventional water sources for industrial reuse

    Reclamation and reuse of unconventional wastewater sources for plant raw water, cooling water and process pre-treatment has increased substantially due to increases in the cost of drinking water, recurring water shortages that can impact business operations, and tightening government regulation. Water is required in almost every industrial sector for the processing and manufacture of products. ...


    By WesTech Engineering, Inc.

  • A life cycle greenhouse gas emissions perspective on liquid fuels from unconventional Canadian and US fossil sources

    The life cycle Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions associated with the production and use of transportation fuels from conventional and unconventional fossil fuel sources in Canada and the USA are investigated. The studied pathways include reformulated gasoline and low sulphur diesel produced from oil sands, oil shale, coal and natural gas, as well as reference pathways from conventional crude oil. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Effect of shear rate on the activity of enzymes used in hydraulic fracture cleanup of tight unconventional reservoirs

    Injection of polymeric solutions in order to propagate a fracture and carry proppants to keep the fracture open is a common practice in hydraulic fracturing of ultra–tight formations. Polymeric fluids open and extend the already existing network of fractures. Considering the low permeability of the formation, small width of the micro–fractures, and the importance of fracture cleanup during the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Microbes in oil E&P

    The role of microbes in the oil industry, both detrimental and beneficial, has now become more and more accepted. Reservoir souring and microbial influenced corrosion cost the oil and gas business millions of dollars every year, and require adequate mitigation and surveillance strategies. Monitoring using modern molecular microbiological methods has facilitated a better understanding of ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Peak Oil: The nightmare scenario of the oil drying up, could be close

    The ultimate conclusion of the peak oil theory is rather disastrous, in that it suggests that the single most important energy resource is soon going to be unusable. Through either the complete depletion of the reserves of this finite resource or the economic impossibility of extracting the most difficult to reach remaining reserves, human society will have to find new, alternative resources. ...

  • Reducing oil sands investment risks

    Too much development too fast in Alberta’s oil sands is creating negative environmental and social impacts that bring risks to energy companies and their investors, says The Ethical Funds Company in its latest white paper: 'Unconventional Risks: An Investor response to Canada’s Oil Sands'.The paper, issued today in Whistler at the international socially responsible investing conference 'SRI in ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Canada Oil and Gas Industry Report Q1 2013

    Production from oil sands will continue to drive Canada’s oil production growth in the short term, although we note that liquid-rich shale’s could be the new engine of crude output. Exploration in the country’s offshore acreage and unconventional resources could unearth more oil and gas reserves to support the country’s long-term growth prospects. The outlook for ...


  • Tar oil pipeline’s hidden pollution danger

    The oil industry has high hopes of the US$5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline, which on completion is planned to carry crude oil from Canada’s tar sands in Alberta to refineries more than 2,000 miles away in Texas. With President Barack Obama saying he will approve Keystone only if it “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution”, the pipeline’s future ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Russian Oil and Gas Landscape Reshaped by Geopolitics

    The second half of 2014 brought many external pressures onto the Russian oil and gas industry. While oil production and exports as well as refineries outputs remained stable, at post-Soviet peak levels, macro-level impacts have begun to reshape the industry. Global crude prices have declined sharply, which was followed by the Russian ruble devaluation. The EU/US sanctions limited access to ...


  • Enhancing Your Shale Oil & Gas Strategies

    Five Minutes With Tisha Conoly Schuller, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association Name: Tisha Conoly Schuller Job Title: President & Chief Executive Officer Company: Colorado Oil & Gas Association Background: As President, Ms. Schuller is responsible for leading ...


    By Marcus Evans

  • Crude Oil and Natural Gas Industry Reduced Emission Completion NSPS Requirements

    As 2015 quickly approaches, there is still momentum in the development of domestic unconventional oil and gas resources.  Therefore, exploration and production companies utilizing hydraulic fracturing are reminded that the final compliance provisions for reduced emission completions (RECs) pursuant to 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOO (Standards of Performance for Crude Oil and Natural Gas ...


    By All4 Inc.

  • Hydraulic Fracturing Market Analysis By Technology, Material (Proppant), Application (Shale Gas, Tight Gas, Tight Oil) To 2020

    The global hydraulic fracturing market is expected to reach USD 90.55 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc. Regulatory support in the form of tax benefits and financial incentives, particularly in North America and Asia Pacific is expected to drive the global hydraulic fracturing market over the next six years. Depleting conventional oil & gas reserves has ...


  • Research Institute uses GE InnovOx TOC analyzer to evaluate hydraulic fracturing and oil exploration produced water

    Background The Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI) at Texas A&M University-College Station regularly conducts laboratory research studies on various oil and gas produced wastewaters with varying sample matrices. The GPRI tests samples at different shale and oil producing formations using a mobile laboratory, which houses a pilot-scale treatment system for identifying the ...


    By GE Analytical Instruments

  • Advanced Water Treatment and Evaporation Systems Produce High Efficiency

    AQUATECH IS CHANGING THE GAME in the water recycling industry through its SmartMOD Modular Evaporator System and HEVAP High Efficiency Evaporation Process for SAGD Water Treatment. For over 30 years, the company has focused exclusively on desalination, water reuse, and zero liquid discharge with water purification technologies suited for global industrial, upstream and ...

  • Workshop Report: Developing a Research Agenda for the Energy-Water Nexus

    The energy-water nexus has attracted public scrutiny because of the concerns about their interdependence and the possibility for cascading vulnerabilities from one system to the other. There are trends toward more water intensive energy, (such as biofuels, unconventional oil and gas production, and regulations driving more water consumption for thermoelectric power production) and more energy ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Optimal environmental benefits of utilising alternative energy technologies in Jordan

    With rapid population growth and increase in industrial activities, more energy is consumed, resulting in environmental pollution and economic difficulties. Therefore, the need for utilising renewable energy resources has emerged. Although Jordan does not have adequate fuel supplies (90% of its crude oil is imported), it is gifted with alternative resources. Because of the political and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Gas injection to increase recovery from the Bakken formation

    The Bakken formation, in the Williston Basin, has tremendous oil reserves estimated to be in the hundreds of billions of barrels. During the last decade, the Bakken has been rapidly developed with advances in horizontal drilling and improved multi–stage hydraulic fracturing. The primary recovery factor, however, has remained very low, around 5%–10% due in part to the extremely low permeability. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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