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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Eastern France CBM well encouraging

Feb 19, 2007 European Gas Ltd., Perth, is drilling a second well after reporting “highly encouraging results” from its first coalbed methane stratigraphic well on the St. Avold portion of the Bleue Lorraine Permit in northeastern France.

SPECIAL REPORT: Water issues overshadow Powder River coal gas play

Jan 22, 2007 Wyoming’s Powder River basin coalbed methane development began its third decade in 2006 with vast gas potential and environmental challenges.

SPECIAL REPORT: Lower drilling growth seen in US, drop in Canada

Jan 15, 2007 Price uncertainty, especially for gas, overshadows the forecast for US and Canadian drilling in 2007.

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Sep 8, 2003 Roc Oil Co. Ltd., Sydney, said it hopes to begin exploration on the 267,000-acre South Cabinda onshore block within 12-18 months.

DOI's BLM takes steps to encourage Powder River basin CBM drillingDOI's BLM takes steps to encourage Powder River basin CBM drilling

May 26, 2003 Producers moved one step closer toward expanding coalbed methane drilling in the Powder River basin under a recent decision by the US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management.

EISs chart bigger future for Powder River CBM

May 12, 2003 The US Bureau of Land Management issued final environmental impact statements on Apr. 30 that govern coalbed methane drilling on federal lands in the Powder River basin in eastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana.

US onshore industry bustles with high prices, decline legacy

May 12, 2003 Relatively high gas and oil prices are exerting more punch into US onshore exploration and development.

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Apr 21, 2003 Despite oil supply disruptions in some key countries, other oil exporters have increased output to assure consumers will be adequately supplied.

Coal gas down under

Feb 24, 2003 Australians seem to have accepted coalbed methane as a reliable energy source that can compete technically and economically with conventional natural gas.

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Feb 3, 2003 Frigid temperatures across much of the US triggered some surprisingly high spot natural gas prices for late February delivery, and traders also reported concern about anticipated dwindling gas inventory numbers heading into spring.

Drilling outlook is for deline un US, steady gain in Canada

Jan 27, 2003
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