Deep shelf gas: big potential but high risks

The deep geologic horizons of the shallow-water Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf offer the best near-term opportunity for increasing US natural gas production.While the shallow-water gulf OCS has been heavily explored, sediments at depths of greater than 15,000 ft in water depths less than 200 m are relatively unexplored. Only about 5% of all wells drilled on the OCS have penetrated below 15,000 ft subsea.To be economic, deep gas finds on the shelf require larger structures and high flow rates.But deep gas potential on the gulf shelf is sizable. The US Minerals Management Service has estimated the gulf’s deep gas resource potential at as much as 20 tcf. Recent deep gas discove...

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