Unocal Targets Coalbed Methane Resource North of Anchorage

In a new search for gas in Alaska, Unocal Corp. has turned its attention to coalbed methane (CBM), in the Matanuska Valley about 40 miles north of Anchorage.The company has embarked on the Pioneer Coal Bed Methane Project, targeting high-BTU gas. Click here to enlarge imageThe Pioneer Unit encompasses a substantial CBM prospect in the lower Matanuska Valley on the northern end of Cook Intlet (Fig. 1). While the possibility of conventional sandstone and conglomerate hydrocarbon reservoirs exists in the prospect area, the testing of CBM potential is the project's primary objective. Abundant coal has been recognized in the stratigraphic section throughout the Cook Inlet basin, with esti...

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