Alberta's coalbed methane activity expands rapidly

The last 2 years have seen a rapid expansion of coalbed methane (CBM) development in Alberta.MGV Energy Inc, with its former joint venture partner EnCana Corp., established the first commercial coalbed methane project in January 2003. MGV Energy is the Canadian subsidiary of Quicksilver Resources Inc., Fort Worth.At yearend 2003, Alberta had about 1,000 CBM wells and the area will have another 1,500 wells drilled by yearend 2004, at which time CBM production should total about 100-150 MMscfd.MGV along with Apache Canada Ltd. and EnCana account for more than two-thirds of the new gas well drilling in the region.MGV will drill about 350 gross operated wells in 2004, including more than 330 ...

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