Anadarko cuts gas route under Canadian river gorge

Anadarko Petroleum Corp., based in The Woodlands north of Houston, is using a directional drilling technique originated for relief wells to cut a transportation route for natural gas under a 1,000 ft gorge on the Buckinghorse River in northeast British Columbia.Anadarko already has drilled two natural gas wells, capable of combined production of 10 MMcfd, that tap into reserves estimated at 20 bcf in its huge acreage position north of that rugged river. However, there are no pipelines to provide transportation for that stranded gas to processing plants and pipeline infrastructure to the south.The banks of the gorge are so steep that the "standoff" distance required to drill a gently slopi...

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