CONSULTING: Unconventional Resources

Advanced Resources has worked on unconventional gas and oil resources for the U.S. Department of Energy since 1980, publishing an extensive variety of papers and studies ranging from resource evaluation to government policy to environmental protection technologies.

Outside of our primary focus in the USA and Canada, we also have worked extensively in some 30 other countries, including well site testing and operations in Australia, China, Chile, India, Indonesia, Poland, and South Africa.

Advanced Resources’ Experience in Unconventional Resources:

Global Perspective

  • U.S. Energy Information Administration: ARI Shale Studies: 7 Continents. In 2011 and again in 2013, ARI conducted the first “global” studies of shale oil and gas resources, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. ARI conducted extensive literature review and analysis of source rock shales, synthesized geologic data on global shale formations, and then mapped and rigorously quantified the shale oil and gas potential in 41 of the most promising countries, developing over 200 original geologic maps. While we still consider the study to be highly preliminary, it has received considerable attention, including reports in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and other media. Several of our Major Oil clients are using the EIA-ARI study as a source to guide their global shale exploration efforts.

Regional Perspective

  • Technical and Economic Assessment of Shale Gas Potential in Brazil’s São Francisco Basin. For Petra Energia, Advanced Resources performed a preliminary, high-level summary assessment to advise Petra Energia and its investors of the shale gas and tight gas sand potential in its concession holdings in the São Francisco Basin in Brazil. The effort involved: (1) review of all available geologic and engineering data on the concession areas held by Petra Energia in the São Francisco Basin, and develop possible estimated characteristics, either based on acquired data or by analogy, of those parameters critical to assessing gas shale potential; (2) development of a preliminary assessment of shale gas and tight gas sand resource potential in the São Francisco Basin; (3) development of representative finding costs, type well production profiles, and costs for the basin analog; and (4) preparation of a short, well documented report targeted at providing the preliminary assessment of resource potential, both technical and economic, of the São Francisco Basin, the key assumptions upon which this assessment was based, and the key uncertainties and caveats that should be considered in this preliminary assessment.

Project Perspective

  • Gas Corporation of Botswana (BGC)/Kalahari Gas. Advanced Resources was commissioned to undertake all the consultancy aspects for CBM exploration of the BGC leases in Botswana including drilling, well testing, gas desorption, reservoir simulation, and resource assessment. Four core/test wells were drilled. BGC leases were recently rolled into Kalahari Energy who is currently developing the lease.

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    The study, “World Shale Gas and Shale Oil Resource Assessment”, performed by Advanced Resources International (ARI) with sponsorship of the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). 

    The study targeted 95 shale basins and 137 shale formations in 41 countries (excluding the U.S.).

World Shale Gas and Shale Oil Resource Assessment
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EIA/ARI World Shale Gas and Shale Oil Resource Assessment

Full Report (57mb)

Executive Summary and Results

Individual chapters: Executive Summary and Study Results, Study MethodologyI. CanadaII. Mexico, III. Australia, IV. N. South America, V. Argentina, VI. Brazil, VII. Other  S. South America, VIII. Poland (Including Lithuania and Kaliningrad), IX. Russia, X. Eastern Europe (Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine)XI. United Kingdom, XII. Spain, XIII. Northern and Western Europe, XIV. Morocco (Including Western Sahara and Mauritania), XV. Algeria, XVI. Tunisia, XVII. Libya, XVIII. Egypt, XIX. South Africa, XX. China, XXI. Mongolia, XXII. Thailand, XXIII. Indonesia, XXIV. India/Pakistan, XXV. Jordan, and XXVI. Turkey.

Previous Report (2011)

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