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We define unconventional resource reservoirs as portions of a conventional reservoir where the void spaces between the rock grains (“porosity”) contain between 35 and 99 percent water. Conventional traps of hydrocarbons typically have less than 35 percent water saturation. Areas where the porosity contains 10 percent water are considered “wet.”

In the past, the majority of the transition zones were wet prior to the development of our specialized production processes.

Conventional resource reservoirs are typically made of carbonate- or delta type-sand deposits. In these reservoirs, the porosity is not well connected on a sub-regional basis. This quality, known as “low permeability,” restricts the movement of fluids through the reservoir. This results in transition zones that can have hundreds of feet of vertical rock with water saturations of 35 to 99 percent.

New Dominion’s projects cover large areas, sometimes in excess of 1,000 square miles for a single reservoir. This has resulted in the identification of hundreds of high-grade future locations, which will provide years of potential development.