Unconventional Resources

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  Course Overview:
Unconventional oil and gas resources represent a significant resource for the future, particularly as technological innovations make reservoir characterization more accurate, and completion / production techniques more cost-effective.



Learning Objectives:
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to analyze, compare, and contrast unconventional petroleum reserves in the United States and to identify emerging areas in the world.  You will be able to identify major plays, describe the productive formations, and to discuss the technologies that are implemented in order for the formation to produce gas in sufficiently quantities to be economically viable.

Key Concepts:

**shale gas
**shale oil
**coalbed methane

Overview articles: 

Conventional vs. unconventional resources
Energy Education

 Definition of unconventional resource
Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary

World Shale Resource Assessments

This map illustrates the location of major unconventional plays in the U.S.   It does not include all emerging plays.

Unit I:  Definition of Unconventionals
Unit II:  Shale Gas 
Unit III:  Shale Oil 
Unit IV:  Coalbed Methane, Other Unconventionals