China wants to hasten coalbed methane development

China began exploring for and using coalbed methane in the 1990s, but the proven portion of the resource was still very low at the end of 2009, a study by FACTS Global Energy, Singapore, has concluded.From a resource estimated at 1,300 tcf, China in 2009 produced 696 MMcfd of CBM, and almost 600 MMcfd of that came from coal mine extraction rather than from wells drilled from surface, said the study by Kang Wu and Lijuan Wang.The Chinese government has urged all players to step up efforts to develop CBM, but only in 2009 did the country construct its first CBM pipeline. Most of the active CBM development projects are in Shanxi, Liaoning, and Shaanxi provinces.Still, compared to production,...

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