Gas for the world

The US Geological Survey's recent world resource assessment contains much important information about future oil and gas volumes that might become recoverable. The gas estimate is slightly lower than the previous assessment, but at a mean of 15,401 tcf, it's still an impressive volume (see p. 79).It is useful to remember that many of the world's inhabitants do not yet take gas and power for granted. One emerging project provides an example of the exploration, marketing, and other challenges involved in turning some of those resources to reserves and then burnable fuel.Orange basin gasIn southern Africa, an area of 1.75 million sq miles in six countries with 85 million people, ...

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