Unconventional Energy Resources: Making the Unconventional Conventional

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Unconventional Energy Resources: Making the Unconventional Conventional

29th Annual Research Conference

Tim Carr, Tony D'Agostino, William Ambrose, Jack Pashin, Norman Rosen

Publication date: 2009
Series: GCSSEPM

Whether or not unconventional natural gas and oil production will grow in the future will depend on price, technology, and access. We have little control of two of these components, but conferences such as the 29th Annual Gulf Coast Section SEPM Foundation Bob F. Perkins Research Conference Unconventional Resources: Making the Unconventional Conventional can help to advance the technology.

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Energy, economy, and security are inextricably linked. Secure supplies of energy are a depleting resource subject to short-term disruption by political events. Energy resources must be constantly replenished through discovery of new resources and application of new technologies. However, attention should not be solely focused on conventional sources for oil and gas. Unconventional resources potentially could ensure supply of low-cost fuel well into the 21st century. An array of unconventional energy sources such as heavy oils, tar sands, oil shale and gas hydrates, as well as conventional, deeper ocean hydrocarbon resources, are being brought into play. Technological advances have opened up oil and natural gas resources that were previously unobtainable, including deep-water areas (depths >305 m) coal-bed methane, and gas in shale, that do not readily release their gas to wells. New unconventional resources such as oil shale and gas hydrates are poised to be delivered from theoretical resource to potential resource.

Publisher: GCSSEPM
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Tim Carr, Tony D'Agostino, William Ambrose, Jack Pashin, Norman Rosen