Fracture-mapping method taps tight gas

A new technology—developed in a project sponsored by the US Department of Energy—is being used to tap into large volumes of natural gas trapped in the tight rocks of New Mexico's San Juan basin.The project, the cost of which is to be shared between DOE and Midland, Tex.-based GeoSpectrum Inc., uses 3D seismic data to locate fractures that provide access to "millions of cubic feet of untapped gas" from four wells, one of which is producing as much as 2 MMcfd of gas.The area of study is in the Canyon Largo unit of New Mexico's Rio Arriba County."The key innovation in this project is the integration of technologies that map previously unseen fracture lineaments and pertur...

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