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Category: Reservior

What is a shale, anyway?

August 04, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

There is a lot of excitement and conversation centered around shale when it comes to oil and gas production, but there still remains some mystery about what shale actually is. In this article, D Nathan Meehan unpacks exactly what constitutes shale and provides clarity to this relevant topic. What is shale, anyway? By:D Nathan Meehan If you are reading this blog you are almost certainly aware of the current level of excitement and enthusiasm surrounding shales. Drilling campaigns for oil and gas in shale plays are underway around the world and production from shale plays represents a substantial fraction of domestic production. Shales are the most abundant types and volumes of rocks in sedimentary basins worldwide. Shales are the most abundant sources of hydrocarbons for oil and gas fields and (due to their low permeabilities) form the seal for many fields. A conventional oil or gas field needs a source, a reservoir (usually porous sandstones or carbonates such as limestone or dolomite),

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