Coalbed methane expands in Canada

Commercial production of coalbed methane (CBM) started only recently in Canada, but this unconventional natural gas resource is now a potentially significant contributor to Canada’s future energy supply.After a decade of rapid production growth through the 1990s, Canada is the third largest natural gas producer in the world at 17.3 bcfd (Fig. 1), supplying both domestic and export markets. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) forecasts a record 17,700 gas wells will be drilled in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) in 2006. During the 1990s, Canadian producers drilled an average of 3,800 gas wells/year. Click here to enlarge imageCAPP forecasts that 4,000 ...

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