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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FACTS: China to top Japan in gas imports

Aug 23, 2010 China will surpass Japan as Asia's largest natural gas importer through a combination of LNG and pipeline gas in 5-10 years, according to FACTS Global Energy Group in an August report.

Watching Government: Studying CBM water

Aug 16, 2010 Regulatory framework complications, and not water quality, limit effective management of produced water from coalbed methane wells in five western US basins, a new National Research Council (NRC) report concluded.

San Juan Chaco play has Denver Niobrara elements

Aug 2, 2010 An oil play is under way on the eastern Chaco slope of the San Juan basin in northwestern New Mexico, where 17 zones from 400 ft to 4,000 ft have oil potential, including unconventional oil from the Cretaceous Mancos shale.

COMPANY NEWS: Noble to buy Frontier Drilling for $2.16 billion

Jul 12, 2010 Drilling contractor Noble Corp. plans to buy privately owned Frontier Drilling for $2.16 billion even though no near-term new drilling is expected for the Gulf of Mexico during court battles over the US moratorium on deepwater drilling.

Beach Energy signs PSA for Tanzanian block

Jul 5, 2010 Beach Energy Ltd., Adelaide, has signed a production-sharing agreement with the Tanzanian government for a 100% interest in the Lake Tanganyika South concession in the western part of the country.

Cash flow analysis assesses China's CBM resource viability

Jul 5, 2010 A cash flow analysis determined that the coalbed methane resources in 42 major basins in China were 36% economic, 14% marginally economic, and 50% uneconomic to develop.

Canada's Trident emerges from bankruptcy

Jul 1, 2010

Private Calgary independent Trident Resources Corp. emerged from bankruptcy protection in Canada and the US, saying it is “poised to continue growing its operated unconventional natural gas assets in North America.”

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Jun 28, 2010

CHINA'S ENDOWMENT—2: China assesses unconventional land oil shale, oil sands, coal gas resources

Apr 26, 2010 The China National Petroleum Assessment (2003-07) evaluated coalbed methane, oil shale, and oil sands resources in Chinese onshore basins.

Watching The World: Thumbs up for Shell, PetroChina

Apr 19, 2010 With good reason, Australia's Foreign Investment Review Board recently gave Royal Dutch Shell PLC and PetroChina the thumbs up for their $3.45 billion joint bid for Arrow Energy Ltd.

Indonesia to auction shale gas fields

Apr 5, 2010 Indonesia plans to launch tenders for the development of shale gas fields later this year, aiming to tap an estimated 1,000 tcf.

Special Report: LNG Update: Asia-Pacific LNG capacities, plans to move ahead in 2010

Mar 15, 2010 Global LNG capacities and trade moved into unfamiliar and unsettling territory in 2009-10.

New York Herkimer sand gas play to expand

Feb 15, 2010 Norse Energy Corp. ASA, Oslo, has identified 300 locations on seismic that could be prospective for gas in fractured Silurian Herkimer sandstone in central New York state.

CBM Asia appoints new board director

Feb 2, 2010

The board of CBM Asia Development Corp., building on development of their Indonesia coalbed methane interests, has appointed Scott H. Stevens as a director.

Papua New Guinea explorers eye deepwater play in Coral Sea

Oct 19, 2009 Papua New Guinea has a well established oil and gas production region in the Highlands area of the country.
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