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The use of horizontal drilling along with hydraulic fracturing have expanded the ability of the producers to economically recover crude oil and natural gas from low-permeability geologic plays-particularly shale plays. Shale gas production did not occur on a large scale until Mitchell Energy and Development Corporation experimented during the 1980s and 1990s to make deep shale gas production a commercial reality in the Barnett Shale in North-Central Texas. Then the companies aggressively entered the play as the success is apparent, so that by 2005, Barnett shale was alone producing about 0.5 trillion cubic feet of shale gas per year. As producers gained confidence in the ability to produce natural gas profitably in the Barnett Shale, with confirmation provided by results from the Fayetteville Shale in Arkansas, they began pursuing other shale plays, including Haynesville, Marcellus, Woodford, Eagle Ford, and others. Although the shale gas development has been happening for the past three to four decades, it was not until the past 15 years that it has seen as a “potential game changer” for the U.S. gas market. The proliferation of activity into new shale plays has increased dry shale gas production in the United States from 1.0 trillion cubic feet in 2006 to 4.8 trillion cubic feet, or 23 percent of total U.S. dry natural gas production, in 2010. Oil production from shale plays, particularly Bakken in North Dakota and Montana has also grown up rapidly the recent years.

The oil and gas industry in Canada was founded upon production of oil and natural gas from ‘conventional’ reservoirs, because they are the easiest to get out of the ground. However, conventional reservoirs are the smallest portion of Canada’s total oil and gas resources. Ironically, what are referred to as ‘unconventional’ reservoirs contain a far greater proportion of Canada’s hydrocarbon resources. The terms ‘conventional’ and ‘unconventional’ actually refer to the reservoir rock quality because oil and gas cannot be distinguished.

Industry needs to develop unconventional resources, such as tight oil, tight gas and shale gas, in order to have a continued supply of oil and gas now and into the future. Unconventional gas already accounts for more than 25% of the Canadian natural gas supply. Most of the activity directed at new production in Canada is unconventional so it is fair to say that unconventional has become conventional.

Currently, between Alberta and British Columbia over 175,000 wells have been stimulated using hydraulic fracturing.

Canadian regulators and the natural gas industry are focused on the protection of surface and ground water and the mitigation of risk. All Canadian jurisdictions regulate the interface between water and the natural gas industry, and the application of evolving hydraulic fracturing techniques for unconventional gas development is no exception.

This report discusses about North American shale gas plays by giving the details of geological setting, resource estimate, reservoir properties, companies operating in that shale area, current activity, key company information and competitive landscape.

Table Of Contents

North American Shale Business - Overview, Shale Properties, Resource Estimates, Opportunities, EUR And Well Spacing Details
1 Introduction
1.1 Description
1.2 Report Guidance

2 Overview

3 Oil and Gas Market Outlook
3.1 Oil Market Outlook
3.1.1 Global Oil Consumption
3.1.2 Global Oil Production
3.2 Natural Gas Market Outlook
3.2.1 Global Natural Gas Consumption
3.2.2 Global Natural Gas Production

4 Oil and Gas Prices Outlook
4.1 Crude Oil Prices Outlook
4.1.1 Short-Term Crude Oil Price Forecast
4.1.2 Long-Term Crude Oil Price Forecast
4.2 Natural Gas Prices Outlook
4.2.1 Short Term Natural Gas Price Forecast
4.2.2 Long Term Natural Gas Price Forecast

5 Drivers and Constraints
5.1 Drivers
5.1.1 Shale Boom
5.1.2 Production Benefits
5.1.3 Downstream Opportunities
5.2 Constraints
5.2.1 Environmental Issues
5.2.2 Impact of U.S LNG Imports on Asian Companies

6 Investments in U.S. Gas Shales

7 United States Shale Review
7.1 Overview
7.2 Principle Plays Comparison
7.3 Principle Plays - Production and Reserves
7.4 Shale Description
7.4.1 Marcellus Shale
7.4.1.1 Description
7.4.1.2 Resource Estimate
7.4.1.3 Active Companies
7.4.1.4 Well Costs
7.4.2 Devonian Big Sandy Shale Play
7.4.2.1 Description
7.4.2.2 Resource Estimate
7.4.2.3 Active Companies
7.4.2.4 Well Costs
7.4.3 Devonian Low Thermal Maturity and Greater Siltstone Shale Gas Plays
7.4.3.1 Description
7.4.3.2 Resource Estimate
7.4.3.3 Active Companies
7.4.3.4 Well Costs
7.4.4 New Albany Play
7.4.4.1 Description
7.4.4.2 Resource Estimate
7.4.4.3 Active Companies
7.4.4.4 Well Costs
7.4.5 Antrim Shale
7.4.5.1 Description
7.4.5.2 Resource Estimate
7.4.5.3 Active Companies
7.4.5.4 Well Costs

8 Gulf Coast Region Shale Summary
8.1 Haynesville Shale
8.1.1 Description
8.1.2 Resource Estimate
8.1.3 Active Companies
8.1.4 Well Costs
8.1.5 Current Activity
8.2 Eagle Ford Shale
8.2.1 Description
8.2.2 Resource Estimate
8.2.3 Active Companies
8.2.4 Well Costs
8.2.5 Current Activity
8.3 Floyd-Neal/Conasauga Shale Gas Play
8.3.1 Description
8.3.2 Resource Estimate
8.3.3 Active Companies
8.3.4 Well Costs
8.3.5 Current Activity

9 Mid-Continent Regional Summary
9.1 Fayetteville Shale
9.1.1 Description
9.1.2 Resource Estimate
9.1.3 Active Companies
9.1.4 Well Costs
9.1.5 Current Activity
9.2 Wood Ford Shale
9.2.1 Description
9.2.2 Resource Estimate
9.2.3 Active Companies
9.2.4 Well Costs
9.2.5 Current Activity
9.3 Cana Wood Ford Shale Play
9.3.1 Description
9.3.2 Resource Estimate
9.3.3 Active Companies
9.3.4 Well Costs
9.3.5 Current Activity

10 South West Regional Summary
10.1 Barnett Shale
10.1.1 Description
10.1.2 Resource Estimate
10.1.3 Active Companies
10.1.4 Well Costs
10.1.5 Current Activity
10.2 Barnett-Wood Ford Shale Play
10.2.1 Description
10.2.2 Resource Estimate
10.2.3 Active Companies
10.2.4 Well Costs
10.2.5 Current Activity
10.3 Avalon and Bone Springs Shale Play
10.3.1 Description
10.3.2 Resource Estimate
10.3.3 Active Companies
10.3.4 Well Costs
10.3.5 Current Activity

11 Rocky Mountain Regional Summary
11.1 Hilliard-Baxter-Mancos Shale Gas Play
11.1.1 Description
11.1.2 Resource Estimate
11.1.3 Active Companies
11.1.4 Well Costs
11.1.5 Current Activity
11.2 Lewis Shale Gas Play
11.2.1 Description
11.2.2 Resource Estimate
11.2.3 Active Companies
11.2.4 Well Costs
11.2.5 Current Activity
11.3 Mancos Shale Gas Play
11.3.1 Description
11.3.2 Resource Estimate
11.3.3 Active Companies
11.3.4 Well Costs
11.3.5 Current Activity
11.4 Bakken Shale Oil Play
11.4.1 Description
11.4.2 Resource Estimate
11.4.3 Active Companies
11.4.4 Well Costs
11.4.5 Current Activity

12 West Coast Regional Summary
12.1 Montrey/Santos Shale Oil Play
12.1.1 Description
12.1.2 Resource Estimate
12.1.3 Active Companies
12.1.4 Well Costs
12.1.5 Current Activity

13 Canada
13.1 Shale Review
13.2 British Columbia and North West Territories
13.2.1 Horn River Basin
13.2.1.1 Geological Setting
13.2.1.2 Reservoir Properties
13.2.1.3 Resource Estimate
13.2.1.4 Recent Activity
13.2.2 Cordova Embayment
13.2.2.1 Geological Setting
13.2.2.2 Reservoir Properties
13.2.2.3 Resource Estimate
13.2.2.4 Recent Activity
13.2.3 Liard Basin
13.2.3.1 Geological Setting
13.2.3.2 Reservoir Properties
13.2.3.3 Resource Estimate
13.2.3.4 Recent Activity
13.2.4 DOIG Phosphate Shale/Deep Basin
13.2.4.1 Geological Setting
13.2.4.2 Reservoir Properties
13.2.4.3 Resource Estimate
13.2.4.4 Recent Activity
13.2.5 Montney and DOIG Resource Plays
13.2.6 Canol Shale
13.3 Alberta
13.3.1 Shale Review
13.3.1.1 Basal Banff/Exshaw Shale
13.3.1.1.1 Geological Setting
13.3.1.1.2 Reservoir Properties
13.3.1.1.3 Resource Estimate
13.3.1.1.4 Recent Activity
13.3.1.2 Duvernay Shale East and West Shale Basin
13.3.1.2.1 Geological Setting
13.3.1.2.2 Reservoir Properties
13.3.1.2.3 Resource Estimate
13.3.1.2.4 Recent Activity
13.3.1.3 Nordegg Shale/Deep Basin
13.3.1.3.1 Geological Setting
13.3.1.3.2 Reservoir Properties
13.3.1.3.3 Resource Estimate
13.3.1.3.4 Recent Activity
13.3.1.4 Muskwa Shale
13.3.1.4.1 Geological Setting
13.3.1.4.2 Reservoir Properties
13.3.1.4.3 Resource Estimate
13.3.1.4.4 Recent Activity
13.3.1.5 Colorado Group
13.3.1.5.1 Geological Setting
13.3.1.5.2 Reservoir Properties
13.3.1.5.3 Resource Estimate
13.3.1.5.4 Recent Activity
13.4 Saskatchewan/Manitoba
13.4.1 Williston Basin/Bakken Shale
13.4.1.1 Geological Setting
13.4.1.2 Reservoir Properties
13.4.1.3 Resource Estimate
13.4.1.4 Recent Activity
13.5 Eastern Canada
13.5.1 Shale Review
13.5.1.1 Appalachian Fold Belt
13.5.1.1.1 Geological Setting
13.5.1.1.2 Reservoir Properties
13.5.1.1.3 Resource Estimate
13.5.1.1.4 Recent Activity
13.5.1.2 Windsor Basin (Nova Scotia)/Horton Bluff Shale
13.5.1.2.1 Geological Setting
13.5.1.2.2 Reservoir Properties
13.5.1.2.3 Resource Estimate
13.5.1.2.4 Recent Activity
13.5.1.3 Moncton Sub-basin (New Brunswick)/Frederick Brook Shale
13.6 Shale Opportunities

14 Major Oil and Gas Companies
14.1 Petrobras
14.2 Statoil ASA
14.3 Royal Dutch Shell Plc
14.4 ExxonMobil
14.5 Total
14.6 BP Plc
14.7 Weatherford International
14.8 Cudd Energy Services
14.9 Baker Hughes
14.10 Halliburton

15 Financial Deals Landscape
15.1 Detailed Deal Summary
15.1.1 Acquisition
15.1.2 Private Equity
15.1.3 Equity Offerings
15.1.4 Debt Offerings
15.1.5 Partnerships
15.1.6 Asset Transactions

16 Appendix
16.1 Sources
16.2 Abbreviations
16.3 Market Definition
16.3.1 Methodology
16.3.2 Coverage
16.3.3 Secondary Research
16.3.4 Primary Research
16.3.5 Expert Panel Validation
16.4 Contact Us
16.5 Disclaimer

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