Frac advances key to unconventional gas supply growth

Advances in production stimulation technologies have been critical to the meteoric growth in unconventional gas supply.The unconventional gas share of US natural gas supply has surged to more than 40% today from less than 7% in the late 1970s, when government-sponsored research into unconventional gas technologies got underway. Some have predicted that the unconventional gas market share could top 50% in 2025–30.Today, improvements in well fracturing technology have been instrumental in gas shales emerging as the hottest hydrocarbon play in North America. Advanced fracturing techniques are also playing a key role in recovery of natural gas from tight sands and coalbed methane (CBM) as wel...

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