Going Strong: North American Unconventional Plays and Players
Going Strong: North American
Unconventional Plays and Players
September 18, 2013 2:15 – 3:45 p.m. Andrew Byrne, Director IHS
Dan Pratt, Managing Director, IHS
What is the status of the key unconventional plays and which companies have the
most to gain?
The unconventional revolution has transformed the North American upstream from a mature
industry into a high growth region offering abundant, repeatable high return drilling
prospects. Technological advancements offer the promise of continued improvements in
well performance within established plays like the Bakken and aiding in the emergence of
new plays like the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. This radical transformation of the North
American upstream business is creating a new set of industry leading companies that have
the knowledge and courage to profit from drilling these new plays.
Largely seen as a maturing play, not all key operators in the Bakken play are experiencing declining well
Drilling deeper vertical wells in the Midland Basin is resulting in improving well performance.
While well performance in the Utica oil window has been disappointing, the sweet spot in the Wet Gas
window continues to grow.
Success in the oil window sets the Eagle Ford apart but not all players are winners.
Well performance in the Marcellus continues to improve with Cabot Oil and Gas leading the way the
northeast Pennsylvania sub-play.
The Duvernay, in Canada, offers the potential to be the next big play.
Tuscaloosa Marine Shale is now one of the most intriguing emerging oil rich plays due to drilling success
with a new drilling and completion design.
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