Kentucky project shows strength of US gas market

High prices are enabling US gas producers to extract natural gas from marginal properties.Energas Resources Inc., Oklahoma City independent, hopes to start gas production in the first quarter of 2006 from 23 shut-in wells drilled 20-40 years ago in the Appalachian foothills of eastern Kentucky. The wells were never placed on production.Its Parkway Project consists of laying 3.7 miles of 6 in. steel pipe to connect the unnamed accumulation to a transmission line operating at just under 200 psi.Energas will string a 4-in. gathering line to each well and hopes to have all 23 hooked up by mid-2006.The 140 psi rating on plastic conduit used on another company-operated project acquired in 2003 ...

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