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Unconventional Resources

Unconventional Resources covers a broad range of research areas, primarily related to natural gas production, that fall outside conventional oil and gas exploration and development technologies. The main focus areas are tight gas and oil formations, shale gas, coalbed methane, heavy oil, deep and ultra deep water, and small producers. Industry has been actively pursuing development of shale gas, coalbed methane and deep water plays for the past 10-15 years, but continued research is needed to meet the challenges of producing these resources in efficient and environmentally friendly ways. New technologies, development strategies, and infrastructure are needed to utilize the abundant unconventional resources found both onshore and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Small producers need assistance in research and implementation strategies to participate in development of these vital resources. Congress recognized the unique needs and characteristics of unconventional resources in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, and established a natural gas supply research and development program. The result was establishment of a non-profit consortium, Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), administered through the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory.

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Unconventional Gas Market Study

Transparency Market Research released its report, Unconventional Gas Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2013-2019 on September 28, 2014. The report focuses on the revolutionary change in energy supply and policy caused by unconventional gas abundance in the U.S. and global markets. Shale gas production is creating a shift in the global LNG trade with the U. S. poised to become a major exporter. Market research predicts, "The unconventional gas (Shale Gas, Tight Gas and Coal Bed Methane) market for industrial, power generation, residential, commercial and transportation applications for the forecast 2013 – 2019 was valued at USD 93.95 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 126.93 billion by 2019." The report analyzes energy demand and regional growth in the unconventional shale gas, tight gas and CBM markets.


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