Coalbed Methane

Coalbed Methane (CBM) ImageCoalbed methane, or CBM, is a natural gas produced from coal seams or adjacent sandstones. In 1994, US coalbed methane reserves were 9.38 tcf, which was less than 6% of the domestic natural gas reserves. Production in 1994 was 777 bcf, or 4% of the natural gas production of the lower 48 states. Commercial production occurs in approximately 10 US basins. The major producing areas are the San Juan, Black Warrior, and Central Appalachian basins. CBM plays are now international with tests or pilot projects in about 15 countries. Coalbed methane is produced in Queensland, Australia, and the UK, and pilot projects are underway in China and India. Independent operators are the most active CBM exploration companies in the US. Internationally, both majors and independents are actively seeking to expand the industry.

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PGC report: US gas resource base reaches a record 2,515 tcf

Apr 8, 2015

Unconventional natural gas production is proving to be more durable than many people expected, officials said as the Potential Gas Committee released its 2014 yearend report indicating that the US has a record 2,515 tcf technically recoverable gas resource base.

Australian coalbed methane fields can yield lessons for US shale producers

Apr 1, 2015

The rapid growth in unconventional fuels–ranging from shale oil and gas to coalbed methane–has dramatically increased the complexity of field development and production management.

Quicksilver files for bankruptcy protection, plans to continue operations

Mar 18, 2015

Quicksilver Resources Inc., Ft. Worth, and its US subsidiaries have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware amid the industry-wide fallout from depressed crude oil prices. Operations across the company’s subsidiaries are expected to continue through the Chapter 11 process.

Study: EPA overlooks large methane sources

Oct 14, 2014

Methane inventories by the US Environmental Protection Agency, which underlie efforts to regulate emissions from hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas work, overlook other, potentially larger sources of the greenhouse gas, a study by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) suggests.

Meritage starts up gas plant to serve Powder River producers

Oct 9, 2014

Meritage Midstream Services II LLC, Denver, has started up a natural gas processing plant in Campbell Country, Wyo., to handle production from the Powder River basin.

Ember to acquire Clearwater assets for $605 Million (Can.)

Oct 8, 2014

Ember Resources Inc., Calgary, has agreed to acquire the majority of the Clearwater assets in southern and central Alberta belonging to Encana Corp. for $605 million (Can.).

Green Dragon enters Chengzhuang cooperation agreement

Aug 11, 2014

Green Dragon Gas Ltd. has entered into a cooperation agreement with China National Petroleum Corp. relating to the Chengzhuang block, a 67-sq-km area included within the Shizhuang South production-sharing contract.

GeoMet finds buyer for Appalachian CBM assets

Feb 17, 2014

GeoMet Inc., Houston, has agreed to sell its coalbed methane interests and other assets in the Appalachian basin to ARP Mountaineer Productions LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Atlas Resource Partners LP, for $107 million.

Indonesia: Dart to obtain East Kalimantan CBM block

Sep 7, 2012

Dart Energy International Pte. Ltd., Singapore, plans to start work in mid to late 2013 on the 411 sq km Bontang Bengalon coalbed methane block in the central Kutei basin in East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

China: Ordos basin coalbed methane wells spudded

Aug 27, 2012

Sino Gas & Energy Holdings Ltd., Sydney, has spudded the first two coalbed methane wells on the Linxing production sharing contract area in the Ordos basin in China.

Alberta: CEP adds GeoMet Peace River CBM interest

Jun 26, 2012

Canada Energy Partners, Vancouver, BC, has acquired Hudson’s Hope Gas Ltd., the subsidiary of GeoMet Inc. that is 50% owner and operator of CEP’s Peace River coalbed methane project in Alberta.

CBM output climbs at China Shanxi Liulin field

Jun 14, 2012

Fortune Oil, Hong Kong, said it is starting to see commercial gas flow rates from horizontal wells at its Liulin coalbed methane project in Shanxi Province of northern China.

China shale gas holds great promise, Shell executive says

Jun 5, 2012

Australia’s coal seam gas and China’s shale gas resources hold great promise for future global gas supply, Royal Dutch Shell PLC Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser told the 25th World Gas Conference during a speech in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on June 5.

Two firms connect to pursue Indonesia CBM

May 16, 2012

CBM Asia Development Corp., Vancouver, BC, and Continental Energy Corp., Jakarta, formed a joint study and bid group to investigate coalbed methane opportunities in Indonesia.

Kalimantan exports CBM as LNG, tests more wells

Apr 12, 2012

Newton Energy Capital Ltd. has completed its first coalbed methane exploratory test well on the Kutai West CBM PSC area in East Kalimantan, Indonesia, said CBM Asia Development Corp., Vancouver, BC, which has an 18% interest in the PSC.

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