The combined advancement of horizontal drilling and reservoir stimulation (hydraulic fracturing) technology has enabled the safe and cost-effective recovery of shale gas – a game-changing resource for the world’s energy supply. Shale gas, which is found in abundance throughout many continents, is an affordable, clean-burning fuel.

There are a number of benefits to shale gas production:
•This vast resource can be developed in stages, which means we can control the pace of development and match production with economic conditions and market demand
•A reduced surface footprint as multiple wells can be drilled from a single pad
•Communities realize economic benefits from investment in infrastructure and the hiring of local people

The advancement of new technologies, combined with ongoing research and development, allows this valuable energy source to be developed safely and responsibly.


"Except for some very rare examples where the oil is contained in karstic caverns, oil is always contained in the pores of the rock.
When we talk about conventional, what we mean is that the oil is contained within a porous and permeable rock and is capable of flowing.
The term unconventional covers a few different types of fields, not just shale oil (which the HRZ is):
Shale oil and Shale gas,
Tight gas reservoirs
Tar Sands
Oil shales

Shale oils and Shale gas fields are where oil and/or gas have been generated in a source rock and where that source rock is the target, rather than targeting a conventional reservoir that the oil or gas has migrated to. These source rocks will have permeabilities in the nanodarcies, rather than in millidarcies like conventional reservoirs, and will not normally flow except if the rock is fractured."
SP-Oiler 13/01/17

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