Shale gas

Sheila McNulty

The issue of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has taken on a life of its own. But with so much misinformation circulating, it is hard for the general public to know whether it is a good thing or a bad thing. The truth is – as with any polarizing issue – somewhere in the middle Read more

Sheila McNulty

The technological advances in the oil and gas patch just keep coming. While everyone has been scrambling to catch up with the shale gas revolution, the industry has been working on another potentially massive breakthrough in gas. This one is in producing gas that has long been stranded offshore in areas too far or too small to warrant a pipeline to shore.

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Sheila McNulty

As questions about hydraulic fracturing – fracking as it is known in the industry – continue to build, the oil and gas industry is finding investors asking for more transparency as to how companies are going to face the growing risks to production. Read more

Sheila McNulty

The amount of private equity moving into the US oil and gas sector has risen dramatically over the past year, drawn by a long-term bet on rising commodity prices and heightened demand for energy infrastructure. This is according to PwC, the consultancy, which put out a report on US energy sector deals today.
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Kiran Stacey

How much shale gas is there outside the US? It sounds like an impossibly large question, but it is one the US Energy Information Administration has attempted to answer in a new report, carried out by Advanced Resources International. Read more

FT Energy Source

- Industry thrown into turmoil
- Companies feel effects of Macondo disaster
- Opportunities west of Shetland
- Ice thaws on Canadian oil sands projects
- Huge prize lies under pristine Arctic wilderness
- Shale extraction technology leads to oversupplied market
- Two different disasters will have profound effects on US energy policy
- UK suffers from legacy of North Sea gas abundance
- Plant power seen as only viable long-term alternative to petrol Read more

Kiran Stacey

In this week’s readers’ Q&A session, Alexander Medvedev, deputy chief executive of Gazprom, answers your questions.
In the first of two posts, he discusses changes to gas pricing, how reliable a partner his company is for EU countries and how Gazprom will respond to the shale gas boom.
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Kiran Stacey

Alexander Medvedev, deputy CEO of Gazprom, has been laying out his thoughts on the US shale boom, which threatens to knock his company off its pedestal as the dominant player in the natural gas market. Read more

Sheila McNulty

As US independents invite foreign and major oil and gas companies to invest in their shale assets to fund development, EOG Resources is refusing to follow the trend.
The Houston-based independent is transitioning from producing mostly natural gas to the more expensive business of producing mostly oil, but Mark Papa, EOG’s chairman and chief executive, told the FT he is not seeking partners for its shale oil assets. Read more

Sheila McNulty

The announcement by Chesapeake Energy that it will sell several assets to raise $5bn to put toward paying down debt was warmly greeted by analysts who have been lamenting prospects for a sector under intense pressure by low US natural gas prices.  Read more