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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BLM seeks comments on proposed Rough Draw CBM project

Dec 7, 2011

The US Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on Patriot Energy Resources LLC’s proposed Rough Draw Project 13 miles north of Gillette, Wyo., the agency’s Buffalo, Wyo., field office announced on Dec. 7.

Essar West Bengal CBM drilling approved

Sep 28, 2011

Essar Oil Ltd., Mumbai, has received environmental clearance to drill 58 pilot-production wells to develop coalbed methane reserves near the town of Durgapur in West Bengal, India.

China: Ordos basin Sanjiaobei CBM well spuds

Sep 26, 2011

Sino Gas & Energy Holdings Ltd., Perth, has spudded the SJB1 coalbed methane appraisal well on the 1,100 sq km Sanjiaobei production sharing contract in the Ordos basin in China.

Australia: WestSide starts Galilee basin CBM series

Sep 23, 2011

Westside Corp. Ltd., Sydney, has spudded Glenlyon-1 in the Galilee basin 70 km south of Richmond, Qld., as the first of as many as four coalbed methane exploratory wells.

China: Dart has four rigs at Xinjiang CBM project

Sep 8, 2011

Dart Energy Ltd., Brisbane, has mobilized four rigs to the 3,979 sq km Dajing coalbed methane production sharing contract area in northwest China and has spudded the first two exploratory wells.

Indonesia: South Sumatra coalbed well flares gas

Aug 11, 2011

Medco Energi has flared gas to surface from the CBM-SE-03 well, second test well to flare gas at the Sekayu coalbed methane production sharing contact in South Sumatra, Indonesia, 110 km west of Palembang.

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Dec 27, 2010

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Dec 27, 2010

Report: Imports, unconventional gas to meet surging Chinese gas demand

Dec 13, 2010 In a prewinter analysis of Chinese natural gas demand for the 2010-11 heating season, Poten & Partners, New York, reports that the country's National Development and Reform Commission had demanded a 20% increase in gas supplies to avoid a recurrence of last winter's shortages.

Stevens named chairman of CBM Asia Development

Nov 22, 2010

CBM Asia Development Corp., Vancouver, BC, which participated in the drilling of Indonesia’s first official coalbed methane well earlier this year, has named Scott H. Stevens as chairman.

Slide seen in Cherokee basin coalbed methane output

Nov 1, 2010 Coalbed methane production from the Cherokee basin in southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma appears to be dropping from peaks in 2008 in Kansas and 2006 in Oklahoma.

Fruitland to Barnett to…

Oct 25, 2010 Have all of the large shale gas and oil fields in the US been found, as one chief executive officer claimed in mid-October?

WoodMac: Indonesia's coalbed methane potential looms

Sep 27, 2010 The fledgling coalbed methane industry in Indonesia eventually could deliver as much as 15% of Indonesia's gas supply needs, a recent report from Wood Mackenzie Ltd. says.

WoodMac: Indonesia's CBM potential looms

Sep 16, 2010

The fledgling coalbed methane industry in Indonesia eventually could deliver as much as 15% of Indonesia's gas supply needs, a recent report from Wood Mackenzie Ltd. says.

China wants to hasten coalbed methane development

Sep 6, 2010 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.
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