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The Duvernay formation, which cuts across much of northwestern and central Alberta, has been touted as the next major North American liquids-rich shale play.
The Duvernay formation, which cuts across much of northwestern and central Alberta, has been touted as the next major North American liquids-rich shale play.
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Unlocking Duvernay’s riches a tough riddle to solve

Alberta’s Duvernay formation is often touted as the next major North American liquids-rich shale play, but results have been slow to bear that out despite billions of dollars spent so far on land and drilling.

The Duvernay, which cuts across much of northwestern and central Alberta, has been a top focus for several large and small energy companies, which kicked off a land rush around 2009. One big draw is the potential for large volumes of condensate production, which is needed as a blending agent for bitumen from the oil sands.