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Denver-based Enservco Corp., a provider of well-site services, said it will invest $6 million in capital expenditures during 2013, with $4.7 million being allocated to new equipment fabrication. The budget also includes $1.3 million for enhancements to existing equipment. Management estimates the annualized revenue potential from the new equipment at about $10 million. The equipment includes nine frack heating trucks with a total of 12 burner boxes, four hot oilers and two well acidizing trucks. The investments will expand the company’s frack heating capacity by 40% and increase its hot oiling fleet by 15%. Enservco said sales during April reached $3.7 million, up 85% from one year ago. The improvement was fueled in part by cool spring temperatures across the company’s service territories, as well as sustained demand for fluid heating services, particularly in regions where new fracking techniques require higher water temperatures than traditional frack designs.

May 17, 2013
ExxonMobil Builds Woodford War Chest

ExxonMobil Builds Woodford War Chest

ExxonMobil Corp.’s quest to remain the biggest operator in the Ardmore Basin’s Woodford Shale remains on track after the super major agreed to pay $147.5 million to buy the bulk of BNK Petroleum Inc.’s leasehold in the Tishomingo Field.

March 19, 2013
GAO: Shale Development Risks ‘Unknown’

GAO: Shale Development Risks ‘Unknown’

The extent of the risks associated with development of shale oil and natural gas is “unknown” because existing studies have not taken into account the potential long-term, cumulative effects of the activity, according to a new report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Tuesday. The agency in a companion report did not make any recommendations to change environmental and public health requirements in light of advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

October 11, 2012

Shales Give U.S. Economy Wings, Say Execs

The energy industry — thanks to advances in drilling and production techniques resulting in growing natural gas and oil supplies — can lift the U.S. economy out of its doldrums, but only if government regulation and permitting requirements don’t get in the way, speakers at a recent industry conference in Houston said.

April 9, 2012

Shales Give the U.S. Economy Wings, Executives Say

The energy industry — thanks to advances in drilling and production techniques resulting in growing natural gas and oil supplies — can lift the U.S. economy out of its doldrums, but only if government regulation and permitting requirements don’t get in the way, speakers at a recent industry conference in Houston said.

April 3, 2012

Gothic Shale: A ‘High-Potential’ Gas Play?

Because of new drilling techniques that allow operators to do more with less, federal officials in Colorado have more than doubled their initial estimate on the number of natural gas wells that could be drilled in the Gothic Shale in the Paradox Basin of southwestern Colorado.

August 29, 2011

Paradox Basin’s Gothic Shale Called ‘High-Potential Play’

Because of new drilling techniques that allow operators to do more with less, federal officials in Colorado have more than doubled their initial estimate on the number of natural gas wells that could be drilled in the Gothic Shale in the Paradox Basin of southwestern Colorado.

August 26, 2011

Shales Support Hedging, Longer Contracts, Says Report

The shale gas bonanza makes a strong case for the expanded use of commodity price management techniques, such as hedging and long-term contracts, a task force argues in a report released Monday.

March 23, 2011

Horizontal Drilling Holds Promise for Conventional Gas

Horizontal drilling into shale rock using multiple fractures (fracs) has “clearly” changed the game for the U.S. natural gas industry, but the drilling process also has the potential to give conventional gas formations, like tight gas sands, an economic boost, Raymond James & Associates Inc. said last week.

October 5, 2009

U.S. Gas Reserves Estimated to Last 100 Years

U.S. natural gas available for production has jumped 58% in the past four years, driven by improved drilling techniques and the discovery of huge shale fields in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Pennsylvania, according to a report issued Thursday by the nonprofit Potential Gas Committee (PGC).

June 22, 2009
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