The Shale Revolution: Expanding the Use of Alternative Financing Structures


THE BOOM: It is difficult, if not impossible, to survey the current energy landscape in the United States without seeing the phrase “shale boom”—for good or for bad—somewhere in the rhetoric. In the past 10 years, technological advances in fracking and horizontal drilling have drastically changed domestic production and overhauled the possibilities for the future. The U.S. shale boom is attributed with not only record U.S. gasoline exports and record increases in domestic crude production, but also lower gas prices for U.S. consumers, increased jobs for American workers, reductions in carbon emissions and even a possible boost to Black Friday spending in 2014. And in the realm of U.S. policy, the shale boom has provided a market response to concerns of foreign oil dependence that many would say is unrivaled by any formal government response. For these reasons, some say the “shale boom” is actually a “shale revolution” if we consider that shale advances have created a fundamental shift in the North American energy landscape in a relatively short period of time.
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Drop in Oil Prices Increases Value of Flexible Financing

Given the recent changes in global oil markets, it might seem as if the growth prospects for energy producers and the companies that support them are falling along with the price of oil. But take it from someone who has seen his share of market volatility over the years: there is little danger such businesses won’t have access to the capital they will need to keep growing.
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New Approaches to an Old Industry – Smart Oil and Gas Field of the Future


While oil and gas prices fluctuate with the latest economic report, the challenges facing companies extracting those fuels are less volatile. Instead, those challenges could best be characterized as complex and well-known.
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Oil Demand and Well Decline Rates Ensure Strong Outlook for Oil Industry


Primary energy consumption continues to accelerate globally despite several years of slow economic growth. With increased consumption, production of oil continues to grow surpassing record level of 90 million barrels per day worldwide. Not only does the oil industry need to produce more to meet ever increasing demand, it also needs to overcome existing well production declines. All active wells ultimately decline in production as resources are tapped, though there is an opportunity for technology to slow or in some cases even temporarily reverse those decline rates. In addition, as existing wells decline, more and more new wells need to be drilled to keep up with demand. Offsetting of oil decline rates for both existing and new wells, therefore, is high on the industry’s agenda for good reason. It is a critical factor to understand future trends in the oil industry.
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