Failed shales

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As North American gas prices continue to stagnate and international unconventional exploration projects stall, countless shale business models are under pressure. For the committed shale player, managing exploration risk and assembling the right portfolio is now more essential than ever. For conventional plays, it is common practice to analyse what factors or variables led to the drilling of an unsuccessful well. However, for the unconventional resource business, seemingly very little,

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This report includes 4 images and tables including:


  • Commercial reserves and year of play's discovery
  • More operators in an asset can result in improved chances of success


  • Analysis sample set
  • Comparison of notable geological characteristics: Barnett, Chattanooga, and New Albany

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