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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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.


Sep 1, 2010

PT Medco CBM Sekayu is drilling exploration wells on the Sekayu coalbed methane production sharing contract area in Indonesia’s South Sumatra basin, said partner CBM Asia Development Corp.

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.

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.

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.

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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