Ziff: N. American gas drilling must be stepped up to maintain deliverability

The pace of North American drilling will have to increase just to maintain current natural gas deliverability, panelists from several regions told a Ziff Energy Group conference in Calgary late last month.Jim Dilay, a member of the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board (AEUB), said drilling in Alberta will have to be at current or higher levels to replace gas production.Dilay said natural gas drilling was down significantly in the first half from the same period last year. He said production in 2001 showed a flattening trend. This year the board expects 8,000 gas wells to be drilled in Alberta, down from an initial forecast of 9,500 wells. The board estimates Alberta's marketable ultimat...

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