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28 July 2014

Unconventional 3.0 - A discernible new outlook

Report summary

The first phase in unconventionals formed around productive US shale gas plays.  High margin US tight oil plays defined the second wave.  Small US producers are now leading the third phase, applying horizontal drilling to a range of underexplored, technically-challenging strata.  These plays may not need to be as aggressively developed, nor be as large in scale, as plays in the first phases. This template, taking hold in the Lower 48, will be an integral model to exploit international assets.

Table of contents

    • A blueprint drawn in the US
      • Unconventional 1.0 - Numerous mega gas plays
      • Unconventional 2.0 - High margin tight oil plays
      • Unconventional 3.0 - development of niche assets
      • Examples of current US projects in the unconventional 3.0 phase
      • Impact on international exploration
    • Spotlight on Europe
    • Screening Europe for more 3.0 plays
      • Optimistic view with revised metrics
    • Appendix: US 3.0 supply

Tables and charts

This report includes 10 images and tables including:

  • Unconventional 3.0 - A discernible new outlook: Table 1
  • Unconventional 3.0 - A discernible new outlook: Image 7
  • UDT Results Table - permeability and porosity were optional screening metrics
  • Unconventional 3.0 - A discernible new outlook: Image 8
  • Distribution of US Shale production - supply spread over numerous successful plays
  • North American rig count - horizontal oil vs. horizontal gas wells
  • Distribution of US tight oil production – supply confined to fewer successful plays
  • Distribution of US horizontal rigs by play - non headline plays account for more activity now
  • Unconventional 3.0 - A discernible new outlook: Image 5
  • Summary of unconventional sector progression in non-US plays

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