Unconventional Resources: Conference Highlights Shale as an International Business

Speaking at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference opening plenary session were (from left) Gene Beck, senior VP for US onshore, Statoil; Tom Blasingame, Texas A&M; Alex Archila, president, North America shale, BHP Billiton; and Greg Guidry, executive VP, unconventionals, Shell.

Thousands gathered in Austin, Texas, in July to attend the 2017 Unconventional Resources Technology Conference which reflected several of the biggest themes shaping the shale sector and its emergence as an internationally discussed business.

Several of the technical presentations highlighted the progress in Argentina’s Vaca Muerta shale play while international operators such as BHP Billiton and Statoil discussed development plans for their US assets.

Technical discussions held during the 3-day event, which is sponsored by the SPE, AAPG, and SEG, focused on emerging approaches to improving oil and gas recovery from tight rocks and exploring where the risks still lie with induced seismicity.

Other important themes such as applied data analytics solutions, improving refracturing techniques, and how to deal with interwell communication were also highlighted.


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Unconventional Resources: Conference Highlights Shale as an International Business

01 September 2017

Volume: 69 | Issue: 9