Declining deliverability pushes arctic gas development

The push to develop natural gas from the Arctic and other sources is being driven by declining deliverability, despite high levels of drilling activity in western Canada and the US.Canadian operators drilled 19,851 wells in 2003, most targeting gas. The Petroleum Services Association of Canada has amplified its estimates several times and now expects 22,255 wells to be drilled in 2004. About 70% of the total are gas wells, but many are shallow producing wells that can be drilled quickly as companies act to cash in on high commodity prices. Devon Energy Corp. drilled the Itiginpak f-29 gas well onshore in the Mackenzie Delta earlier this year with partner Shell Canada Ltd. The well, on th...

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