Scotland’s Wood Group enhances US shale exposure with acquisition of Elkhorn

The international energy company Wood Group will acquire Elkhorn Holdings Inc., a Wyoming-based provider of construction services for midstream oil & gas facilities in the US shale market for an undisclosed sum. Elkhorn provides infrastructure-related services such as pipeline and facility maintenance, instrumentation and electrical, civil and mechanical construction, and fabrication to oil & gas…


Shell to start drilling in Ukraine’s Yuzivska Gas Field in 2014; completes first well in Kharkiv

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, which signed a $10 billion shale gas deal with the Ukrainian government this year, expects to start drilling in the Yuzivska field next year, according to a Bloomberg report. Shell will need to drill as many as 15 wells to complete the initial exploration appraisal of the 8,000 square-kilometrer (3,100 square-mile)…


Canada’s National Energy Board okays first fracking operation in NW Territories

Canada’s National Energy Board has issued an exploration license to ConocoPhillips for an exploratory drilling programme using fracking in the Tulita area of the Northwest Territories. Tulita is a hamlet in the Sahtu Region. The license is the first granting permission for the use of hydraulic fracturing in the Canadian Arctic. It has been granted…


EIA’s new Drilling Productivity Report: Marcellus delivers 75% of month’s gas production growth

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has started publishing a new monthly Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) to provide U.S. region-specific insights into rig efficiency, new well productivity, decline rates at previously existing wells, and overall production trends. The DPR information, which initially will cover six regions (see map above), will also inform EIA’s own short-term…