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23 January 2013

Failed shales

Report summary

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,

Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
    • Sample set
    • 1. Access - the big commercial hurdle
    • 2. A poor combination of geological factors
      • Barnett Shale versus the Chattanooga Shale
    • Beware wide ranges
    • 3. The wrong mix of operators
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix A: Commercial reserves

Tables and charts

This report includes 4 images and tables including:

  • Commercial reserves and year of play's discovery
  • Analysis sample set
  • Comparison of notable geological characteristics: Barnett, Chattanooga, and New Albany
  • More operators in an asset can result in improved chances of success

What's included

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    Failed shales

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