Deep gas poses opportunities, challenges to U.S. operators

EMERGING U.S. GAS RESOURCES-3 S.R. Reeves, J.A. Kuuskraa, V.A. Kuuskraa Advanced Resources International Inc.Arlington, Va. The previous article in this series on emerging natural gas resources introduced deep gas-natural gas in deep onshore sedimentary basins (below 15,000 ft)-by presenting a 1996 U.S. Geological Survey assessment for this resource. The USGS estimated that 114 tcf of technically recoverable conventional and nonconventional deep gas remains to be discovered in the Rocky Mountains (57 tcf), Gulf Coast (27 tcf), Alaska (18 tcf), West Texas/New Mexico (4 tcf), and Midcontinent (3 tcf), among others. This article, third in this series and the se...

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